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Trump Falsely Says 5 Million Illegal Ballots Cost Him Popular Vote

President Trump spent the first 10 minutes of his first official meeting with congressional leaders talking about the “huge crowd” at his inauguration, rehashing the presidential campaign, and repeating a claim that has been debunked multiple times — that he lost the popular vote by a wide margin because of millions of illegal votes cast against him, several people who attended the closed-door meeting said Monday night. As they dined on meatballs and shrimp cocktail in the White House State Dining Room, Trump falsely asserted that between 3 million and 5 million illegal ballots cost him the popular vote, participants told The New York Times and The Washington Post. Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million votes, but won 304 electoral votes, and thus the presidency.

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