In the newly sworn-in President’s first formal meeting with leaders of Congress last Monday, Trump freshly claimed that his loss of the popular vote was the result of America’s large numbers of undocumented immigrants who voted ‘illegally’ against him.
Trump first made the allegation on Twitter, and since then, it had been proved to be false by several officials and fact-checkers, who confirmed that there is no evidence of Trump’s bombastic claims. Yet his preoccupation with it even after being sworn into the Oval office shows that the issue continues to agonize him even now, as he seems compelled to legitimize his victory against popular knowledge that shows otherwise.
Mr. Trump’s 304 electoral votes were enough to cinch his win but his opponent, Hillary Clinton was the clear winner of the popular vote with some three million extra votes in her favor. This seems to be a recurring concern for the new President, with him bringing it up on numerous previous occasions. White House officials refused to comment when probed on the matter.
The 45th US President also brought up another apparently sensitive matter; the size of the crowd that showed up for his Inauguration just days before. The issue has been circulating the media in recent days, with images showing the discrepancies between Trump’s crowd and the (much larger) crowd that was present for his predecessor Obama’s inauguration back in 2008.
Trump’s comments took place during a meeting of the leaders of Congress at the White House where he was supposedly garnering support to approve his legislative agenda. Among the pressing topics on the agenda are the intentions to withdraw Obama’s healthcare law, major contributions to the US infrastructure, a transformation of the nation’s immigration legislation and completely alter tax schemes.
Sources claimed that the meeting was held to give the President the opportunity to mingle with other representatives, no doubt to improve somewhat strained relations with an establishment he openly condemned, but also to urge them to act quickly to address issues of primary concern to the American public. Numerous prominent senators and policy makers from both major parties were invited. Childish comments apart, the meeting was generally viewed to be a step in the right direction for Trump to continue to play nice with fellow US leaders.