President Donald Trump isn’t going to change a thing for congressional leaders.
In a face-to-face meeting on Monday, he doubled down on his theory that millions of illegal votes were the reason he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton in the election.
Trump made the unverified claim at a reception at the White House, claiming that between three million and five million illegal votes were cast, the Washington Post reported.
He has previously made the same claim, tweeting in November that he had “won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes while Trump’s 304 electoral college votes to Clinton’s 227 clinched the presidency for him.
Trump tells Congressional leaders 3-5 million ‘illegals’ cost him popular vote https://t.co/s6mbjbJ7Mq via @SChamberlainFOX
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 24, 2017
The president spent the first 10 minutes of the reception in the State Dining Room discussing the election with Republican and Democratic leaders from the House and Senate, sources told the Post. He made the comments about the illegal votes and voter fraud at that time.
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“We talked about different electoral college, popular votes, going through the different ones,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said as he returned to the Capitol from the meeting Monday night, according to the Post.
“Well, we talked about going back through past elections. Everyone in there goes through elections and stuff, so everybody’s giving their different histories of different parts,” the California Republican said.
Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was asked if anything surprised her about the meeting.
“Well, I won’t even go into that,” the California congresswoman said.
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