Trump blames fraud by 'illegals' for popular vote loss

US President Donald Trump has claimed that he would have won the popular vote if it were not for the millions of “illegal” immigrants who voted for his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Trump made the claim in a private meeting with Democratic and Republican leaders at the White House on Monday night.

“He said 3-5 million ‘illegals’ voted so that’s why he lost popular vote,” said a Democratic aide, who was present at the meeting.

“That’s exactly what he said,” a second source familiar with the exchange confirmed.

The Republican billionaire, who was inaugurated on Friday, scored about 3 million votes less than Clinton in their November 8 face-off. However, he was able to seal the victory by winning the Electoral College vote, 304-227.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy alluded to the issue, saying that Trump discussed “the different Electoral College, popular vote” with the lawmakers.

Trump had made similar claims in the past, writing in…

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