As reported by those in attendance the meeting, billed as a get-to-know-you session with Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate, began with a preoccupied Trump relitigating the results of the presidential election's popular vote. A vote which he lost handily to his Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.
Reports say Trump spoke at length on the subject declaring that the vote discrepancy was due to the fact that millions of “illegals” voted for Clinton.
The charge is not a new one for Trump who has repeatedly claimed that he lost the popular vote in November’s election because of voter fraud. There is of course no evidence of this.
One person familiar with what happened in the meeting stated...
“I don’t think he was joking. He spent 10 minutes on his win and said he won the popular vote, except 3 to 5 million illegals voted for”
Another source confirmed Trump used the word “illegals,” considered an offensive term for undocumented immigrants, several times.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who was among those in the room, was asked by White House reporters after the meeting if Trump made any surprising statements. She replied...
“Well, I won’t even go into that,”
One must wonder why Pelosi did not comment considering she is not one to shy away from a political takedown.
This was Trump’s first official meeting with congressional leaders since his inauguration on Friday.