President Trump on Saturday lied to the intelligence community about the size of the crowd at his inauguration and accused the media of lying about the turnout.
In a bizarre campaign-type speech at the CIA headquarters, Trump gave misleading figures about the crowd at his inauguration, berated a Time magazine writer for an inaccurate pool report about the removal of an MLK bust at the White House, and bragged about the number of times he had appeared on the cover of Time.
Talking about the crowds at his inauguration, Trump said it "looked honestly like a million and a half people" and said "it went all the way back to the Washington Monument."
He also said it was "almost raining" but then "God looked down and said 'we are not going to let it rain on your speech.'"
He said the rain stopped as soon as he began giving his inaugural speech.
Here's a visual of Trump's inauguration crowd at 11 a.m. EST, shortly before he was sworn in.
The top photo shows a view of the crowd on the National Mall at Obama's 2009 inauguration and the photo below shows the crowd at Trump's inauguration. Both photos were taken shortly before noon.
Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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