Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, told Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” Sunday morning that she would like the Trump administration to have an open relationship with the press, but that they may need to “rethink” that relationship due to what she sees as the press reporting “demonstrably false” information like the removal of the Martin Luther King, Jr. bust from the Oval Office.
Todd insisted that story was corrected quickly, and moved on to the difference of opinion regarding the size of Trump’s inaugural crowd.
The Trump administration, via White House press secretary Sean Spicer, insisted Saturday that the Trump inaugural address was the most watched of any inaugural address in the nation’s history. Media reports have taken issue with that assertion, claiming a much smaller crowd was in attendance Trump’s inaugural address than for Barack Obama’s in 2009. Trump also spent much of his speech at the CIA Saturday — his first since his inauguration — lamenting that the press had misreported on the size of the crowd.
Todd questioned why Trump would send out his press secretary to “utter a provable falsehood” regarding the size of Trump’s inaugural crowd.
“It’s a small thing, but the first time he confronts the public, it’s a falsehood?” Todd pressed.
Conway countered that presidents should be judged by “their accomplishments” not the size of their inaugural crowd, and that Spicer offered “alternative facts” regarding the size of the crowd at the inauguration.
Watch the full exchange below: