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Presented with that set of facts during his Thursday press conference, Trump demurred, saying only that he "was given" the data citing his historic victory.

The issue was the margin of victory in the U.S. Electoral College, which Trump asserted early in the news conference was the "biggest" since fellow Republican Ronald Reagan, who was elected in 1980 and 1984.

He added, "I guess it was the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan". "They said there's no way to get 222, 230's impossible", Trump said.

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The reporter said Obama got 365 votes while George HW Bush got 472 votes. "So why should should Americans trust". I don't know. I was just given... I was given that information. "It was a very, very big margin".

After reciting some of the above numbers, Alexander, referencing Trump's repeated blasts of the media as "fake news", asked: "Why should Americans trust you when you are providing information that is not accurate?"

"Well, I don't know".

"I was given that information", Trump said, cutting Alexander off. "But it was a very substantial victory, do you agree with that?" he asked the reporter.

"You are the president", Alexander responded.

Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by a 304-227 tally of state-by-state electors, who represent votes cast in the election. According to the New York Times, that ranks as the 46th largest electoral college margin in history.


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