Trump gets called out on Electoral College lie during press conference

"I was given that information, I don't know", said the president. Instead, he blamed his repeated false claims about his electoral margin on someone else, a person he says gave him false information.

In fact, since Nixon's election in 1972, only two presidents - George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter - have received fewer electoral votes than Trump in a general election. He was informed that George H.W. Bush won with 426 votes in 1988. When told later in the news conference by NBC's Peter Alexander that information was false, Trump did not defend the argument, which he has made repeatedly in recent days, but said he was "talking about Republicans".

An NBC reporter confronted President Donald Trump during his Thursday press conference after Trump falsely stated that his Electoral College victory was the largest since President Ronald Reagan. And in 2008, Obama won 365. So why should Americans trust you?

"I was given that information", Trump said in response. "I see [news] stories of chaos, chaos, yet it is the exact opposite".

Peter Alexander fact-checks Trump on his victory.

"Why should Americans trust you?" I know my fellow writers will back me up here.

Trump's 304-vote win was actually only the largest Electoral College victory since the previous election when former president Barack Obama was re-elected with 332 votes in 2012. "It was a substantial victory", Trump said, "you do agree with that?"

"A new Rasmussen poll just came out just a very short while ago has our approval rating at 55 percent and going up", said Trump in the White House East Room.

"You're the president", Alexander replied.

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