Democratic Senator Asks Budget Director Pick If Trump’s Inauguration Was Bigger Than Obama’s

During the Senate hearing for President Donald Trump‘s pick for Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney, Democratic Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley quizzed him about whether Trump was correct that his inaugural crowd was larger than Barack Obama‘s.

Merkley began his questioning period Tuesday by displaying a large graphic showing the crowds for the two inaugurations. “Which crowd is bigger, the 2009 crowd or the 2017 crowd?” he asked.

Mulvaney noted bemusedly he wasn’t sure what the question had to do with the budgetary matters at hand. “From that picture, it does appear that the crowd on the left hand side is bigger than the crowd on the right hand side,” he said.

Merkley continued to ask Mulvaney whether Trump, White House press secretary Sean Spicer, and top aide Kellyanne Conway were telling the truth when they continued to claim Trump’s inauguration was larger. Mulvaney said he wasn’t familiar with their statements, but was only judging by what he could see.

Eventually, Merkley explained he was asking because he wanted to test whether Mulvaney could be trusted to tell the truth. “I have every intent, I believe that I have showed up to this point in time in Congress, that I am deadly serious about giving you hard numbers,” Mulvaney responded.

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