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President Donald Trump hosts a reception for House and Senate leaders in the the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump falsely claimed he lost the popular vote due to illegal immigrants. Again.


During a private meeting with congressional leaders on Monday, President Trump reiterated claims that he would have won the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election if not for millions of illegal immigrants, according to a Democratic aide familiar with the conversation.

Trump has brought this up before, but there is zero evidence to support his claim, and little to no voter fraud was proven to have taken place in the past election. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 2.9 million votes

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said Trump and the lawmakers who attended the meeting discussed "the different Electoral College, popular vote."

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), when asked if Trump said anything surprising in the meeting, said, "I won't even go into that."

Trump has insisted Clinton won the popular vote with illegal support since November.

He also said without evidence that there was "serious voter fraud" in states Clinton won.

He later said that Clinton's loss in the Electoral College was due to tactics.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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