Sarah Huckabee Sanders says that her boss had no participation whatsoever in his own inauguration. “The biggest thing the president did, his engagement in the inauguration, was to come here and raise his hand and take the oath of office,” she said. However, people who worked on the inauguration are saying something quite different. Bloomberg:
Trump’s involvement in inaugural planning started early. He wanted to give exclusive broadcasting rights to Fox News, with on-air talent that was broadly supportive of his candidacy, according to three people familiar with his thinking. But in a late November phone call with Trump, Jeff Zucker, the president of CNN, argued it would be a mistake to broadcast only to his most loyal supporters, these sources said.
Afterward, Trump told Barrack they’d do deals with both Fox and CNN, two of the people said, but the idea was never executed.
Now here’s the irony, but certainly not surprising. Sanders says Trump had no involvement with the inauguration, people who were there said he had substantial involvement, down to micro managing the numbers of reporters.
Trump loved Barrack’s dinner, where he was swarmed by foreign diplomats and Republican donors, according to two people who were there. But he found one thing lacking: a robust media presence. Trump wanted “tons” of journalists at his own candlelight dinner the night before he was sworn in, according to people familiar with the order.
The article goes on to state that even the table decorations were under Trump’s control. He didn’t like the retro white leather tables with metal studs, he insisted on tablecloths. So tablecloths he got.
More details should come out as investigation into the finances of the inauguration continue to be explored. This regime has been corrupt from the beginning, with the very first thing it ever did, plan it’s own inauguration celebration. The die was cast then, and the pattern has never wavered.