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WH spokesperson Sean Spicer unloaded a lot of aggression on the media in first briefing

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Just a day after the 58th inauguration, White House spokesperson Sean Spicer hit the ground running during his first press briefing in which he echoed similar sentiments of the newly elected commander-in-chief: don't trust the media. 

Channeling a rather combative tone, Spicer aggressively outlined the instances where the news media engaged in false measures of reporting.

He first called out Zeke Miller, a reporter for Times magazine, who erroneously reported that the bust of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., had been removed from the White House. Following the incident, Miller sent out more than a dozen tweets after to issue a correction as well as to apologize. 

Spicer accepted Miller's apology on Twitter, but still unleashed his aggression on the reporter during the five minute briefing. 

"Apology accepted," Spicer tweeted.

Next, Spicer lashed out on the media for their depiction regarding the size of the inaugural crowds. 

"Photos of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way in one particular tweet to minimize the enormous support that gathered on the National Mall."

He added that the white plastic covering used to protect the grounds of the National Mall "highlighted the effects of where people were not standing while in year's past the grass eliminated this visual." 

 “No one had numbers...because the National Park Service does not put any out," he said referring to the crowd size of past inaugurations. 


After acknowledging that no official number existed, Spicer said it was the "largest audience ever to witness an inauguration period both in person and around the globe."

CNN aired this tweet following the briefing. 

CBS News' Major Garrett weighed in on the briefing, “It is quite clear that this administration will make whatever representations it wants to on its impression and interpretation of the news and drive that right back at the news media if it thinks it is being unfair or inflicting damage on the image this White House wants to display."

Shifting the briefing to future events, Spicer announced that President Trump spoke with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto--the latter in which he discussed immigration and trade.

Trump is also expected to welcome his first foreign leader, UK Prime Minister Teresa May, to the White House on Friday.

The first "official" press briefing, Spicer said, will be held Monday.

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