The overwhelming size of yesterday's peaceful women's marches against Trump in 50-plus countries stunned even the organizers, drawing more than 1 million people and dominating global attention on President Trump's first day in office. In Washington, a huge column marched past Lafayette Park, across from the White House, and women with pink hats and signs screamed and chanted at Trump's motorcade. Hundreds of thousands turned out in L.A. AP called it "a global exclamation of defiance and solidarity."
Spotted … Josh Kushner — investor and entrepreneur, and Jared's younger brother — at the anti-Trump women's march in D.C. Sources close to Josh Kushner tell Axios' Dan Primack that he's in D.C. supporting his brother, and that he was taking a walk near his hotel when a photo was taken. He also wanted to observe what the source referred to as "a peaceful form of self expression."
Clicker … Axios' Sara Fischer: saturation coverage around the country.
Reince Priebus on "Fox News Sunday": "There is an obsession by the media to delegitimize this president, and we are not going to sit around and let it happen."
Kellyanne Conway on "Face the Nation": "[I]t's disappointing to get into this argument about crowd control."
Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are to speak today.
Chaser … Hollywood Reporter headline, "TV Ratings: Trump Inauguration Sinks 18 percent From Obama's in 2009."
President Trump, on his first full day in office, praised the intelligence community during a solemn trip to CIA headquarters and announced a state visit and trade talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May, reaffirming the skittish United Kingdom as a top U.S. ally.
President Trump introduced a new manifestation of the permanent campaign on his first full day in office when he traveled to the CIA's most hallowed ground to deliver remarks that included rally-style digressions, boasts and inaccuracies.
What Trump said:
The facts: Nixon had 55 TIME covers, and Hillary Clinton had 19 before this campaign began. On the crowds, decide for yourself, based on these two pictures, 45 minutes before each oath of office. (The article notes: "Attendees were still entering the National Mall up until Mr. Trump's speech.") The reaction: John Brennan, who had been CIA director until the day before, said through an aide's tweet that he was "deeply saddened and angered at Trump's despicable display of self-aggrandizement … in front of CIA's Memorial Wall of Agency heroes."
Hours later, Sean Spicer stepped into the press room and read a blast at the press: "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration. Period. ... There's been a lot of talk in the media about the responsibility to hold Donald Trump accountable. And I am here to tell you that it goes two ways. We are going to hold the press accountable as well."
Look how two former Republican White House officials responded:
BUT, in Trumpland, it's mission accomplished:
Overshadowed by crowd-size nonsense: Trump will meet British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday — sooner than anyone thought — AND his aides are already working on a trade deal with the U.K.
Caption for this AP pic by Andrew Harnik: "The crowds from the Women's March on Washington can be heard audibly as Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, fourth from left, and Senior Counselor to the President Steve Bannon, third from left, arrive at the South Lawn … after visiting the CIA."
Sports Illustrated's cover story goes back to talk to Tom Brady's receivers in high school and college: "It was at Serra High [in San Mateo, Calif.] where Brady's hypercompetitiveness first took root, where he first started banging helmets with teammates in celebration of big plays. It was at Michigan where he decided he would work from dawn until nighttime to improve himself.
No Alec Baldwin on "SNL" last night, but Kellyanne morphs from Jake Tapper interviewee to the Broadway star of "Conway." The chorus: "'Meet the Press,' Anderson, Hannity, 'Fox & Friends.'" "Conway": "And if they call, I'll do 'The Chew.' Oo! I'm a star, and the audience LOVES me, and I LOVE them. … That's show biz!" The poster … The video
A shirtless Vladimir Putin opens the show with an address to Americans: "You are worried that your country is in the hands of this unpredictable man. But don't worry [fiendishly]: It's not. Relax. I've got this! … I promise that we will take care of America: It's the most expensive thing we've ever bought. … Many Russians were skeptical of ME at first, too. But today, nobody ever seems to hear from ANY of them."
Pootie Poot has this advice for the new president about crowd counts: "If you're going to lie, don't make it so obvious. You know: Say you are FRIENDS with LeBron James, not that you ARE LeBron James."
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