Trump touts 'historic' Electoral College victory

Trump touts 'historic' Electoral College victory
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made ‘verbal agreements’ with Putin MORE touted his Electoral College victory Monday as a "historic electoral landslide" and a next step toward a brighter future.

"I thank the American people for their overwhelming vote to elect me as their next President of the United States," Trump said in a statement.

"The official votes cast by the Electoral College exceeded the 270 required to secure the presidency by a very large margin, far greater than ever anticipated by the media."

Though Trump bragged of historic margins, he trails Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonState Dept: Russia’s allegations about American citizens ‘absolutely absurd’ Trump on possible sit-down with Mueller: 'I've always wanted to do an interview' Election Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas MORE by 2.8 million votes in the popular vote tally, and The New York Times notes there have been 45 presidential elections in which the winning candidate won a larger share of the Electoral College vote.

Trump also tweeted about his victory on Monday night, again taking a dig at the media. 

Electoral College members across the nation Monday gave Trump 304 total electoral votes. 

The Republican-controlled Congress will certify the vote on Jan. 6. 

"This election represents a movement that millions of hard working men and women all across the country stood behind and made possible," he added.  

"With this historic step we can look forward to the bright future ahead. I will work hard to unite our country and be the President of all Americans. Together, we will make America great again.”