Democrat Hillary Clinton amassed a nearly 3 million-vote lead in the popular vote but lobbying of electors by Trump’s opponents in recent weeks, including mass protests, had not result. Trump has dismissed the intelligence community’s analysis of Russia’s role in the election. Intelligence officials last week declined requests to brief electors, saying they will provide congressional briefings only when a review ordered by President Obama is completed. “This election represents a movement that millions of hard working men and women all across the country stood behind and made possible. With this historic step we can look forward to the bright future ahead,” Trump said in a statement.