Close your eyes for a minute, and imagine you’ve just been inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. No one thought you could win – including you – but you used every trick in the book, called in every favor, stooped lower than a buried enemy of Vladimir Putin to eek-out an electoral college victory despite
getting spanked in the popular vote by 3 million a few more fraudulent votes mysteriously counting for your opponent..
But here you are, hand on the bible, looking out on the Mall from the steps of the Capitol, just like Andrew Jackson did right before the Civil War started.
You gaze out over the
smallest crowd in recent memory LARGEST gathering of people ever to witness an inauguration, and then you attend a series of poorly attended the most glamorous balls Washington has ever seen as the guest of honor.
You wake up the next morning, pumped and energized to deliver on the dozens of actions you promised your supporters you would take on “Day One” of your administration. Which do you pick? Repeal and replace a popular healthcare law? Kill an important free trade agreement? Deport millions of residents?
Wrong. Those can wait apparently. Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request, CBS News has obtained emails that reveal that the President spent at least part of his first full day in office hunting down
ISIS Iranian terrorists the Russians who hacked our election the employee of the National Parks Service who re-tweeted a photo of his inaugural crowd side-by-side with one from President Obama’s 2008 inauguration crowd:
In one particular email, Tim Cash, the National Park Services’ Chief of Digital Strategy, wrote to NPS Chief Information Security Officer Shaun Cavanaugh the day after the inauguration, and said in part:
“This has become a very sensitive issue, especially since the President has gotten directly involved and contacted Acting Director Mike Reynolds concerned about one of the images that was retweeted.”
Today’s CBS News report confirms a Washington Post story published a few days after the inauguration alleging that the President did in fact contact Reynolds directly to demand he release photos more favorable to the interpretation that his inaugural crowd was the largest ever.
In a Saturday phone call, Trump personally ordered Reynolds to produce additional photographs of the previous day’s crowds on the Mall, according to three individuals who have knowledge of the conversation. The president believed that the photos might prove that the media had lied in reporting that attendance had been no better than average.
Trump also expressed anger over a retweet sent from the agency’s account, in which side-by-side photographs showed far fewer people at his swearing-in than had shown up to see Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009.
At the time, neither the White House nor the National Parks Service would confirm or deny this conversation took place. The emails CBS News has obtained, however, paint a very clear picture of a petulant President using the power of his office to sooth his own ego.
Meanwhile, 103 days later, Trump’s “Day-One” agenda is as fleeting as ever.
Peter Mellado is a writer, producer, and a branding and messaging specialist with over 15 years experience. He studied history at San Jose State University, and resides in Los Angeles.