Washington (CNN)White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s false claims about the size of the crowd at President Donald Trump’s inauguration were "alternative facts," a top Trump aide said Sunday.
In an interview on NBC’s "Meet the Press," host Chuck Todd pressed Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway about why the White House on Saturday had sent Spicer to the briefing podium for the first time to claim that "this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period."
"You’re saying it’s a falsehood. And they’re giving — Sean Spicer, our press secretary — gave alternative facts," she said.
Todd responded: "Alternative facts aren’t facts, they are falsehoods."
Conway then tried to pivot to policy points. But later in the interview, Todd pressed Conway again on why the White House sent Spicer out to make false claims about crowd size, asking: "What was the motive to have this ridiculous litigation of crowd size?"