Trump: 'To me, winning the popular vote is easier'

President Trump said Friday he thinks "winning the popular vote is easier" but said he focused on winning key electoral college states during the 2016 election.

Trump said he decided “very intelligently to campaign in the states that you have to win for the Electoral College victory that you need.”

“I’ve never really been in favor of it [the Electoral College], but now I appreciate it,” Trump said at a rally in Alabama for Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeLoyalty to Donald Trump is new normal for the Republican Party In GOP primaries, Trump can hurt someone, but can he help? Trump loyalty tests, surging number of women winners defines Tuesday's election results MORE (R) ahead of Tuesday's Senate GOP primary runoff.

“To me, winning the popular vote is easier, because you go to New York, you go to California, you go to Texas.”

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“The beauty with the electoral college is … I was going to all over, I was going to smaller states. It brings the whole country into play,” Trump continued. “It brings certain states into play that would never really be thought of. But I focused heavily on Pennsylvania and North Carolina.”

Trump also said he’d rather have the popular vote count instead of the electoral college.

“I would rather have the popular vote count because for me, it would be easier,” Trump said.

Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSessions says FBI agent Peter Strzok no longer has his security clearance Melania Trump puzzles with 'I really don't care' jacket Grassley wants to subpoena Comey, Lynch after critical IG report MORE by nearly 3 million votes in the 2016 election.

The president was stumping for Strange, who was endorsed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPolitical figures pay tribute to Charles Krauthammer Charles Krauthammer dies at the age of 68 Overnight Energy: EPA declines to write new rule for toxic spills | Senate blocks move to stop Obama water rule | EPA bought 'tactical' pants and polos MORE (R-Ky.) and is facing off against ex-Alabama Supreme Court justice Roy Moore, who has the support of several former White House aides, including former strategist Steve Bannon.