Trump defends midterm results, praises Pelosi, calls CNN reporter ‘terrible’

Pa. House and Senate remain in Republican control despite Democratic gains

Trump said in an interview with Sinclair Broadcasting on Monday that he wished he had a softer tone during his first two years in office - even as he continued his relentless attacks on political rivals. When they asked how the Trump Organisation arrived at the US$151,470 in profits it paid back to the Treasury for foreign stays at his hotels, they got silence.

That call did not stop him from getting his digs in a Wednesday tweet, saying: "Those that worked with me in this incredible Midterm Election, embracing certain policies and principles, did very well. Those that did not, say goodbye!"

Trump reeled off a shopping list of disadvantages he claimed that the Republicans had faced going into Tuesday's vote, including "wealthy donors and special interests" for the Democrats, and "very hostile media coverage".

They must think carefully about whether to proceed with a "presidential harassment" strategy that exploits their new majority in the House to afflict Trump, he said.

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 handsome, bipartisan type of situation" on infrastructure investments and health care.

"I think people like the job I'm doing", Trump told a free-wheeling news conference at the White House which featured several acrimonious exchanges with reporters.

On congressional action for the rest of the year, he said he could not imagine taking up immigration and acknowledged that the Democratic House and Republican Senate were likely to go their separate ways when it comes to the legislative agenda. "She has earned this great honour!"

"Tonight, the American people have demanded accountability from their government and sent a clear message of what they want from Congress", Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of NY and the new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said on Twitter.

He also said that the Democrats have "nothing, zero" on him. There could be a political gridlock in the capital if the White House and the Speaker's office does not engage constructively.

Investigations could gridlock a White House already besieged by the Russian Federation collusion investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, heavily bogging down the administration's agenda and foiling Mr Trump's message.

Nevertheless, Democrats also won seven governorships, including states such as Wisconsin and Kansas that President Trump had won in 2016, and came close to breaching the Republican fortress in Texas, where incumbent Senator Ted Cruz barely held on to his seat, while narrowly losing gubernatorial races in Georgia and Florida. More than 40 million Americans had already voted, either by mail or in person, breaking early voting records across 37 states, according to an AP analysis.

Hultgren appeared at a rally with Trump a little over a week before the election, and Trump sent out an endorsement tweet Tuesday afternoon. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) did. Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine defeating Democrat Richard Cordray in the race for OH governor.

History was working against the president in the Senate: 2002 was the only midterm election in the past three decades when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats.

Trump spent election night watching returns with family and friends at the White House, his shadow looming large over the results.

U.S. Rep. -elect Lori Trahan, who easily bested her GOP opponent in the open race for the 3rd District, told Boston Herald Radio she is undecided on whether to support Pelosi.

Democrats, whose very relevance in the Trump era depended on winning at least one chamber of Congress, were laser-focused on health care as they predicted victories that would break up the GOP's monopoly in Washington and state governments.

Many female Democratic House candidates who prevailed on Election Day ran in opposition to Trump or his policies.

Aides set up televisions in the White House residence for Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their guests to watch election results come in, with the sets tuned to different cable news channels. In the campaign preceding their takeover of the House, they cautiously and successfully avoided even mentioning the potential impeachment of President Trump.



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