On 21 Jan 2017, the White House called a press conference where the press secretary accused the media of "deliberately false reporting" on two issues of which the number of people attending President Trump's inauguration was one. The use of additional fencing and magnetometers on the National Mall on the day of the inauguration was one of the pieces of evidence which the press secretary raised.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said:
This was also the first time that fencing and magnetometers went as far back on the Mall, preventing hundreds of thousands of people from being able to access the Mall as quickly as they had in inaugurations past.
Source: "Sean Spicer held a press conference. He didn’t take questions. Or tell the whole truth", Chris Cillizza, Washington Post, 21 Jan 2017
CNN's Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta says on Twitter that this is incorrect:
A USSS spokesperson tells us no magnetometers were used on the National Mall for Trump's inauguration.
Source: Jim Acosta, Twitter, 4:47 PM - 21 Jan 2017
Were additional fencing and magnetometers (or other types of metal detectors) used on the National Mall for Trump's inauguration, compared to past inaugurations?