Donald Trump accuses press of dishonesty over crowd pics

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Image caption Trump's inauguration (Left) and Obama's in 2009 (Right), viewed from the Washington Monument

American President Donald Trump has accused the media of being dishonest about the number of people that attended his inauguration.

He said TV footage and photos of his inauguration had made the crowds look smaller than they were.

Mr Trump continued to say "it looked like" some 1.5m people had been there when he spoke at the US Capital on Friday.

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Image caption Donald Trump inauguration

President Trump's white house press sectary told the media it had been "the largest audience to ever see an inauguration, period".

But pictures suggest that many more people attended the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009 than Donald Trump In 2017, with estimates of the crowd being only around 250,000 for this latest event.

The new president called news reporters "among the most dishonest human beings on earth".

There are no official figures for the number of people who attend the events. but estimates suggest about 1.8m people attended President Obama's inauguration in 2009.

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