Fact check: Did the current US President lose by three million votes and then lie about it?

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A report by the New York Times titled “Trump Repeats Life About Popular Vote in Meeting With Lawmakers” made a claim about the popular vote. but did not cite any sources to back the claim.

Trump Repeats Lie About Popular Vote in Meeting With Lawmakers

WASHINGTON – President Trump used his first official meeting with congressional leaders on Monday to falsely claim that millions of unauthorized immigrants had robbed him of a popular vote majority, a return to his obsession with the election’s results even as he seeks support for his legislative agenda.

Claim 1:

“but he [Trump] fell almost three million votes short of Hillary Clinton in the popular vote”

Fact Check 1: Mostly True.

An article by the Time mentions that ”  Cook Political Report, Clinton’s final tally came in at 65,844,610, compared to Donald Trump’s 62,979,636, with a difference of 2,864,974. The total number of votes for other candidates was 7,804,213″



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