The rocky relationship between President Trump and the media has only grown worse in the few short days since the inauguration — with accusations of false news reports, inflated crowd estimates and unnecessarily negative coverage fueling mutual distrust between the Fourth Estate and the White House.
Any hopes of a honeymoon — or even a momentary truce — between the two sides were dashed even before they could be uttered.
White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said the media’s constant focus on the crowd size at Friday’s inauguration — rather than the content of Mr. Trump’s address — is “a symbol for the unfair and incomplete treatment that this president often receives.”
Pressed on whether Mr. Trump and his aides had overstated the number of those attending his inaugural festivities Friday, she said the line of questioning was ironic since the press routinely dismissed large crowd sizes at Mr. Trump’s rallies during the presidential campaign.
“I’m really glad that NBC News and Chuck Todd all of a sudden are so thrilled to cover crowd control, because we were mocked daily for talking about the significance of our historic rallies to Wisconsin, to Pennsylvania, to Florida, to North Carolina,” Ms. Conway said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And on great days we were ignored, and on most days we were mocked.”