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The Twitterverse doesn't really know what to make of President Trump's magnanimous (?) new tweet saying Nancy Pelosi "deserves" to be House Speaker. Among the 76 Republican candidates for House, Senate and governor endorsed by Trump on Twitter where the races have been called, there were mixed results.

We can tell a little bit of his probable leanings from the way that he and his administration conducted the closing days of the campaign, leaning in on a friendly Senate map while abandoning a House fight which most political observers wrote off. Trump will declare himself the victor of the night and the savior of a Senate that was never in real danger of turning Democratic because he campaigned for winners in states that had voted for him (never mind the Democratic survivor in West Virginia, for example).

House Democrats will meet behind closed doors later this month to elect party leaders, and Pelosi is expected to win the most votes in the caucus.

Before "endorsing" Pelosi, Trump announced he will hold a victory-lap news conference at the White House at 11:30 AM ET, warning, "To any of the pundits or talking heads that do not give us proper credit for this great Midterm Election, just remember two words - FAKE NEWS!" "They ignored the consultants who said they should cover up their tattoos and smile more, and they ignored the powerful men of the Republican Party who never took them seriously anyway".

After the initial results from the 2018 midterm elections were tabulated this week, most observers seemed to accept the conclusion that while the Democrats had a decent but disappointing night - even as President Donald Trump and his allies implausibly treated the night as a vindication for the GOP. He said in a tweet Wednesday that if they do, the Republican-controlled Senate may investigate Democrats.

However, the party will now head House committees that can investigate the president's tax returns, possible business conflicts of interest and possible links between his 2016 election campaign and Russian Federation.

Trump said that if the Democrats plan to "waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level", then Republicans "will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level".

Democrats notched victories in districts where Trump triumphed two years ago in his upset defeat of Hillary Clinton that gave him a needed edge in the electoral college even though he lost the popular vote by a record margin in 2016.

They will seize every opportunity to probe, investigate and question the president's Cabinet and White House team.

"Those that worked with me in this incredible Midterm Election, embracing certain policies and principles, did very well", he also tweeted, writing out of his history book Kris Kobach's lost bid to become governor in Kansas.

Trump campaigned repeatedly for Republican Senate and gubernatorial candidates in Missouri, West Virginia, North Dakota, Florida, Georgia and other states where he won in 2016.

Republicans will still be in control of the US Senate in January, as they were able to hold their majority of seats in the election.

The president took a tougher tone toward Democrats in general Wednesday morning, threatening to fight back against new investigations. A federal judge denied the Justice Department's efforts to halt legal proceedings in a case accusing President Donald Trump of violating the U.S. Constitution _ opening the door for Trump's critics to soon gain access to financial records related to his Washington, hotel.

In a statement, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders called Acosta's behaviour "absolutely unacceptable" and said his White House press pass would be suspended "until further notice".

In two of the flipped states, Democratic challengers unseated a Republican incumbent. Republicans also preserved governorships in key states like OH and Florida.

There were 15 Democratic women running on Senate ballots along with eight Republicans.

Late Tuesday night, Gillum conceded while trailing by 1-point with 99% of the vote counted. "Thank you to all!"

"What I would do next would be to say, this is what this role is: It's the leading figure in the first branch of government, it has awesome power, and we get things done", she said.

Trump showed he is mindful House Democrats likely will use their new powers to look into his presidency.



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