Her remark drew a riposte from the program's host, Chuck Todd. It has been instituted by Republican administrations and rescinded by Democratic ones since 1984. "You look at California and NY, we didn't look at those two states in particular", Spicer said. Mr. Trump is the fifth President in the history of the country to not a win a popular vote.
The Trump administration has chosen to double-down on self-destruction by propagating more fake news, instead of keeping attention on President Trump's more credible accomplishments in his first days in office. Trump spent several minutes of that speech complaining about news coverage.
"I see nothing wrong with the webpage being in English", Mujica said. "Are we living in Nazi Germany?" "How many people were there, the crowd size-- were just not important". The ceremony didn't have the highest TV ratings and aerial photographs indicate the live crowd wasn't as big as it was for Obama's first swearing-in, but there are no reliable crowd estimates or numbers indicating how many people across the world watched the ceremony online. It should be very hard to get this question wrong, yet 15 percent of Trump supporters did, compared with two percent of Clinton voters and three percent of non-voters. At peak viewership, there were 2.3 million people watching at the same time, CNN said.
Numerous images published contrasted those attending Mr Trump's inauguration and the one for Barack Obama on January 20, 2009. Metro ridership on an average weekday in 2016 was about 639,000. Spicer, fuming, left the podium on Saturday without taking questions.
Merkley took advantage of the rare and unprecedented opportunity to prove the White House's claims were false and asked the nominee to reiterate his response.
"The White House has not issued a statement", Spicer said in a tweet with a link to the alleged White House statement on Women's March that has bene doing the rounds on the social media. "It's about this constant - you know, he's (Trump's) not going to run".
He went on to back up his statement with a series of "facts", which were later dubbed "alternative facts" by White House aide Kellyanne Conway.
"That moves it away from the acrimonious session on Saturday", said Martha Kumar, a political scientist and emeritus professor at Towson University in Maryland who studies the relationship between the White House and its press corps. "And trust me, it's just going to take a little bit more time but we're working piece-by-piece to get that done".