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Trump Reportedly Expressed 'Rare Admission' of Regret Over Inauguration Crowd Size Debacle

"I shouldn’t have done that.”

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Donald Trump admitted he was wrong when he sent former White House press secretary Sean Spicer to bat about his inauguration crowd size, Fox News host Howard Kurtz reports.

Trump made “a rare admission” after sending Spicer to spar with the media over the size of the president’s inauguration. Kurtz wrote about Trump’s regret in his new book “Media Madness: Donald Trump, The Press, And The War Over The Truth,” according to an excerpt in the Washington Post.

As Kurtz reports, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway tried to talk the president out of sending Spicer to defend his inauguration crowd size, telling him, “You’re really big. That’s really small.” But her effort was to no avail; Trump would later send out Spicer to convince the media the 45th president’s was “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.” Spicer was widely-mocked for his assertion, and later expressed regret about the incident.

As Kurtz reports, Trump eventually told aides, “You were right. I shouldn’t have done that.”

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Elizabeth Preza is the Managing Editor of AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @lizacisms.