Schumer: Congressional leaders brushed off Trump's 'illegals' claim
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Crying on TV doesn't qualify Kimmel to set nation's gun agenda Trump knocks ‘fake’ news coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico MORE (D-N.Y.) signaled Tuesday that congressional leadership largely brushed aside President Trump's false claim that undocumented immigrants cost him the popular vote.

"I didn't think anyone in the room really gave it much credence, including our Republican colleagues," Schumer said during a Facebook Live interview with USA Today.

Two sources told The Hill that Trump, during a closed-door Monday meeting, told the eight leaders gathered that he only lost the popular vote because of rampant voter fraud by "illegals."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pushed back on Trump's claim during the meeting, Schumer noted on Tuesday.

"He didn't respond much. He asserts it. Someone says something else, and then he moves on to the next subject," he added when asked about Trump's reaction to Pelosi.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanThe Hill Interview: Budget Chair Black sticks around for now Gun proposal picks up GOP support GOP lawmaker Tim Murphy to retire at end of term MORE (R-Wis.), who was in the Monday meeting, also distanced himself from Trump's comments on Tuesday.

He told reporters that he's seen "no evidence" of mass voter fraud.

Schumer has blasted the Trump administration this week, arguing it ignores facts it doesn’t like.

He added on Tuesday that he is "hoping and praying" the presidency has a "sobering effect" on Trump.

"In general, you cannot run a country unless you know the facts," he said. "If you're going to believe your own facts ... you won't be able to govern, so I worry about it."