Donald Trump didn't enjoy his inauguration due to its lack of celebrities, claims new book

The White House says the book is 'filled with false and misleading accounts'

Emily Shugerman
New York
Wednesday 03 January 2018 21:08 GMT
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Donald Trump did not enjoy his own inauguration, a new report has claimed.

The 20 January ceremony, attended by almost every living former US president, did not have enough A-list stars to please the new commander in chief, according to journalist Michael Wolff. Mr Trump was also reportedly unsatisfied with his accommodations and argued repeatedly with his wife, Melania.

“Throughout the day, he wore what some around him had taken to calling his golf face: angry and pissed off, shoulders hunched, arms swinging, brow furled, lips pursed,” Mr Wolff wrote in his new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed the book as “filled with false and misleading accounts from individuals who have no access or influence with the White House”.

Ms Trump's communications director said the First Lady was "confident [Mr Trump] would win and was very happy when he did".

In the weeks following his election, a number of high-profile celebrities vowed not to attend Mr Trump’s inauguration – so many, in fact, that the inaugural committee struggled to find performers.

Elton John, Céline Dion, Andrea Bocelli and Garth Brooks all reportedly turned down invitations to perform. Celebrities such as Olivia Wilde, Julianne Moore, Debra Messing, and Amy Schumer protested the inauguration at the nearby Women’s March instead.

The inaugural committee eventually secured performances by "America's Got Talent" contestant Jackie Evancho, the Rockettes, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Jackie Evancho performs the US national anthem during Trump's inauguration ceremony

Dozens of Democratic members of Congress also boycotted the inauguration. Among them was civil rights icon and Democratic Representative John Lewis, who questioned the election outcome and claimed Mr Trump was not a “legitimate president”.

Mr Trump responded by slamming Mr Lewis in a tweet, writing: "Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to......mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results.”

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Even outside of celebrities and politicians, however, Mr Trump’s inauguration was notably unpopular. According to analysts, Mr Trump’s inauguration crowd was about the third the size of former President Barack Obama’s in 2009.

Popular comparisons between the two crowds lead former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to falsely declare that Mr Trump’s audience was “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period”.

Many of those who did attend the event appeared to be underwhelmed. Hillary Clinton, the former first Lady and Mr Trump’s campaign rival, called his inaugural speech “disappointing” and “sad”.

“I wanted him to rise to the occasion of being our president, and being the president of everybody, not just people who supported him,” Ms Clinton said in an interview on the Graham Norton Show. “That didn’t happen.”

Several attendees reportedly heard former President George W Bush offer his take on the ceremony on his way out: “That was some weird s***.”

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