CNN describes crowd at Trump's departure as 'the smallest' of his presidency

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President Donald Trump spoke Wednesday at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland before boarding Air Force One. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
  • President Donald Trump was met with a small farewell crowd at Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday.

  • CNN's Jim Acosta said it was "definitely the smallest crowd size of the Trump presidency."

  • Trump boasted throughout his presidency of crowd sizes at his rallies.

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After departing the White House for his last time in office, President Donald Trump gave a farewell speech at Joint Base Andrews that conspicuously lacked one thing he has long craved: large crowds.

The small crowd greeting the president and the first lady was a far cry from the raucous rallies that defined his turbulent presidency.

Those who attended the brief event, including many of Trump's family members, waved flags and cheered as Trump spoke.

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CNN's Jim Acosta described it as "definitely the smallest crowd size of the Trump presidency," a remark that could be seen as a dig at Trump's constant attention to crowd size.

The tone for his presidency was set in part by a combative news conference in which his first press secretary, Sean Spicer, made false claims about the size of the crowd at Trump's inauguration.

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