Trump pressed on Electoral College claim

Cheryl Sanders
February 17, 2017

Another highlight of Thursday's press conference was that while in America, journalists continue to ask tough questions to their president, an overwhelming majority of their counterparts in India have now mortgaged their freedom to the ruling party for the want of uninterrupted flow of government ad revenue and other sources of lucrative income particularly during elections.

Trump obtained 304 electoral college votes and not 306.

"I wasn't supposed to get 222 (electoral votes)".

Mr Trump said he only needed 270 votes to win, which was "laughable" as he ended up outstripping that number by far.


Trump won 304 electoral votes to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's 227 votes; Clinton won the popular vote by almost 3 million.

Trump's wasn't even the biggest win since Barack Obama.

Bill Clinton also beat President Trump with 370 electoral votes back in 1992, and 379 in 1996.

President restated a false claim about the size of his electoral college win - then retreated within minutes as soon as he was pressed by a member of the "dishonest" media he often derides.


Trump said that he meant he achieved a bigger Electoral College victory than any Republican since Reagan in 1980 and 1984.

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"Well, I was just given that information".

In Thursday's press conference, NBC reporter Peter Alexander told Trump that his numbers were incorrect and asked why Americans should trust Trump when he gets a fact like that incorrect. "We got 306 because people came out and voted like they've never seen before so that's the way it goes".


Republican George W. Bush won narrow victories in 2000 (271 electoral votes) against Democrat Al Gore and in 2004 (286 electoral votes) against John Kerry. But a lot of people are happy about it, ' he said. "Actually I've seen that information around", Trump said. "Well, it was a very substantial victory, do you agree with that?"

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