Acting National Park Service director Michael T. Reynolds received an unexpected and indeed extraordinary phone call from President Donald J. Trump. During the course of the conversation, Trump ordered the acting director to produce solid proof that the media reports of a paltry crowd at his inauguration were false.

The call has been described by as an angry phone call. Not only did the media reports upset the newly-installed President, a tweet that emanated from the National Park Service twitter account showed side-by-side photographic evidence of a huge crowd in 2009 for former President Obama and a paltry crowd for President Trump.

Since that "rogue" tweet about crowd size, Trump has called for a ban of tweeting from government agencies, including the National Park Service, the EPA, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The news is astounding in that with all of the issues on the table, Trump took the time to give the acting director an earful and pressure him into finding him evidence that did not exist. Acting director Reynolds has refused to discuss the matter, nor would employees of the Park Service for fear of retaliation from Trump.

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A spokesperson for the government agency, Thomas Crosson, said the agency does not comment on internal matters. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a White House deputy press secretary, called it a part of the style of her boss. She said that he is not one to sit around and wait, but takes action to get things done.

What seemed to anger Trump the most is that Obama is seen as being more popular than him. Crowd size always mattered to Trump, even during the campaign when he constantly boasted about those attending his campaign rallies.

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Sanders took it a step further in a political direction and said this is why Trump is president and his Democratic opponent is not. It was on this same day that Trump made the embarrassing appearance at the CIA headquarters in delivering an attack on the media about reporting on the paltry crowd size. Trump even claim the media was caught in a "beauty." He then made his inflated statement that the crowd equaled or bettered Obama's 2009 crowd. "It looked like a million, a million and a half people."

It was not. And later that same day, his White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, went off on the media without answering any questions. He called the attempts to "lessen the enthusiasm" of the crowd "shameful" and "wrong." It is not known if those photographs were produced by the Park Service, however, none have been released by the White House to back up the false claim of "Obama-like" crowd size at the inauguration.