Trump bragged to Obama about size of his rallies in meeting after Election Day: book

Trump bragged to Obama about size of his rallies in meeting after Election Day: book
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President TrumpDonald TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE bragged to former President Obama about the size of his campaign rally crowds in their first meeting after Election Day in 2016, according to a new book.

In an upcoming memoir from longtime Obama aide Ben Rhodes, the former Obama administration official describes an account of the one-on-one meeting between Trump and Obama, according to excerpts reviewed by The New York Times.


Obama and Trump, the president-elect said, could draw massive crowds, while Trump's opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm Pelosi top fundraiser moves to House Democratic super PAC Mean tweets may take down Biden nominee MORE, was often unable to fill her campaign events with crowds of supporters.

ABC News reported in 2016 that Trump's largest campaign rally, in Mobile, Ala., drew 28,000 supporters, about 10,000 more than Clinton's largest rally in Columbus, Ohio, and Phoenix.

Trump's fixation on the size of crowds of his supporters would become a major issue in the first month of his presidency after former White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerPsaki signals she's open to reviving 'Skype seats' amid pandemic Newsmax rescinds Spicer's White House Correspondents' Association application: report Sean Spicer applies to join White House Correspondents' Association MORE confronted reporters over reports on the size of Trump's inauguration crowd.

The former press aide used his first official appearance at a daily White House press briefing to incorrectly assert that the size of the crowd at Trump's inauguration was the largest ever.

"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe,” Spicer said.

Spicer has since apologized for battling with reporters over the issue, and poked fun at himself during an appearance at the 2017 Emmy Awards.

And on Wednesday, The New York Times corrected a crowd estimate it had printed from a Trump event on Tuesday after the president tweeted criticism at its "dishonest" report.