Democrats ready to investigate Trump's foreign policy

Minorities LGBT make history in 2018 midterms

After midterm elections that served as a referendum on Trump's divisive presidency, Congress and the White House reckoned Wednesday with expected Republican gains in the Senate and a Democratic flip of the House.

Trump briefly sought to strike a statesmanlike tone in his first public remarks after the loss, praising House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi for her hard work and envisioning "a lovely, bipartisan type of situation" on infrastructure investments and healthcare. Questionable things were done, such as leaks of classified information.

In addition to his conversation with Pelosi, Trump called Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, as well as a number of candidates he backed during the race, the White House said.

Someone else might look at the same election, especially what happened in the House, and say, "Look, all these places that Trump did very well in 2016, they voted against him - they voted for Democratic candidates instead".

Worse for Mr. Trump, the share of voters who dislike him personally but like his policies increased in the past two years.

Republican incumbents Steve Knight and Dana Rohrabacher were defeated, however, and Diane Harkey lost to her Democratic challenger in California's 49th, a seat held by Darrell Issa. And by combining this policy agenda with rigorous oversight of Trump and his administration by progressive Democrats like incoming Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler of NY and incoming Oversight and Government Reform Committee chair Elijah Cummings of Maryland-both of whom are prepared to navigate an accountability moment that could see Robert Mueller's inquiry open up a serious debate about impeachment-Democrats can outmaneuver Trump and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell.

"We've been having the discussion within the caucus", Welch said. This means Mr Trump's future in office could be in danger, as the Democrats now have the means to hold the president to account and have their voice heard, rather than just sit and watch the administration unfold.

"Mike, will you be my running mate?" "The answer is yes", Mr Trump said after hearing the response.

"Certain members of the press can not stand the fact that President Trump and Republicans defied expectations in the midterm elections - actually growing our Senate majority", he said. In addition, any investigative action will also be countered with probes by the Republicans in the Senate, Trump warned.

They will have authority to request Trump's tax returns and subpoena power to obtain documents, emails and testimony.

The article also talked of how the midterm elections "put a dent" in Trump's armour "both by exposing weaknesses in the Midwest and assuring sustained congressional investigations over the next two years".

However, the result could lead to a bipartisanship between the GOP and Democrats. Republicans have picked up at least one seat in the Senate, with races in Arizona and MS remaining undecided.

She saluted "those dynamic, diverse and incredible candidates who have taken back the House for the American people".

That could be one of the most significant messages to Democrats after the 2018 mid-term elections.

Democrat Maxine Waters, poised to become chair of the U.S. House banking committee, told Reuters on Thursday she would like the heads of the country's biggest banks to testify before the panel as she seeks to ramp up regulatory oversight.

And in a rare moment of practicality, the Republican leader, who is up for re-election in 2020, conceded that one of the GOP's signature efforts - the repeal of "Obamacare" - is all but dead.

The November 6 midterm election was a very good one for the Democrats. According to data compiled by The Associated Press, 237 women ran for the House as major-party candidates this year. Their sense of urgency helped Pressley displace an able but older Democratic incumbent in her September primary, and it has ushered into Congress a new generation of intersectional activists-among them Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York, Rashida Tlaib from MI, and Ilhan Omar from Minnesota-who have been given a charge not merely to dissent against Trump but to present a governing alternative.

Republicans in Arizona celebrated the Senate remaining in their hands.

"We are in a battle".

Trump spent the day at the White House, tweeting, making calls, monitoring the races and meeting with his political team. "That's a firewall", GOP volunteer James Murr said. "If you desert me", she might say, "he will herd enough Republicans across the aisle to more than make up the votes that you take away".



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