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 StrangeAnn Coulter believes Kushner wrote anonymous op-ed bashing Trump Mulvaney: Trump regularly asks why Roy Moore lost The Hill's Morning Report — General election season underway with marquee Senate races set 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 Clinton2016 pollsters erred by not weighing education on state level, says political analyst Could President Trump's talk of a 'red wave' cause his supporters to stay home in midterms? Dem group targets Trump in M voter registration campaign: 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 McConnellFord's lawyer: Hearing doesn't appear to be designed for 'fair', 'respectful' treatment GOP opens door to holding Kavanaugh committee vote this week Press: Judge Kavanaugh must withdraw 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.