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A government photographer told investigators he cropped photos of President Trump’s inauguration to remove empty space and make the audience look larger.
According to the report by the Inspector General of the Interior Department, Trump called the acting head of the National Park Service on his first day in office asked for a picture showing the size of the crowds at his inauguration.
That request was relayed to several different staffers, who said they got the impression they needed to find photos that made the audience look bigger, although that was never said explicitly.
The pictures you’re seeing here are the photos that were released in 2017, comparing President Obama’s inauguration crowd in 2009 to Trump’s.
However the report did not make clear which images were edited or whether the cropped images were actually publicly released.