But his opponent, Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump told leaders "illegals" cost him popular vote Trump continues to insist voter fraud robbed him of popular vote Xavier Becerra confirmed as California attorney general MORE, won the popular ballot by nearly 3 million votes.
"We talked about different electoral college, popular vote going through the different ones".
"Two people familiar with the meeting said Trump spent about 10 minutes at the start of the bipartisan gathering rehashing the campaign", citing 3 million to 5 million supposedly fraudulent votes; a third source confirmed Trump did broach the topic at the meeting, according to the Post.
Did millions of "illegals" allow Hillary Clinton to steal the popular vote?
The claim of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election was widely debunked.
There are no verifiable facts supporting Trump's assertion, which he has spoken about on numerous occasions. A 2014 investigation by Loyola Law School constitutional law expert Justin Levitt found 31 credible incidents across the country from 2000 to 2014, out of more than 1 billion votes cast.
This was Trump's first official meeting with congressional leaders since being sworn in as president on Friday.
In attendance for Trump's conversation regarding noncitizen voting were party leaders such as House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, notes the New York Times.
"We talked about different electoral college, popular votes, going through the different ones."
The dynamics have undermined Trump's claims that the election gave him a mandate to move his policy agenda, which includes undoing large parts of former President Obama's legislative legacy.