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Democrat-run House may put Trump, Kushner business ties overseas under microscope

President Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday. More President Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday. More
Ginger Lawrence | 09 November, 2018, 00:48

Republicans backed by the White House defeated Democratic senators in several states won by Trump in 2016 - Florida, Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota. "But it may seem that way because we are coming off a two-year drought of no subpoenas", said Representative Gerald Connolly of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Oversight subcommittee on government operations. That echoed a similar message from Trump, who on Twitter cautioned Democrats not to use their new House majority to launch investigations into his administration.

Democrats could also look into businesses in the Trump family's business empire - notably the 18 trademarks that China has granted in recent months to companies linked to Trump and his daughter Ivanka.

He suggested they could co-operate on issues such as infrastructure, trade and health. The Democrats made only slight inroads in Trump country, where they tried to win back white working-class voters. He predicted an "invasion" from the migrant caravan making its way toward the US and decried the "radical" agenda of speaker-in-waiting Pelosi. He said that while it's illegal for a member of Congress to exclusively to release anyone's tax returns, the Ways and Means Committee chairman under law has the ability to ask for the president's return.

As of early Wednesday, Democrats had won 219 races and the Republicans 193, with winners undetermined in 23 races. House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, who won re-election to her House District 48 seat with almost 80 percent of the vote, said Democrats believed they would hold 89 seats once the final tallies are in.

"You are a rude, awful person", Trump told Acosta. She became a progressive star after her upset primary victory over Republican Joseph Crowley, a high-ranking House Democrat.

Pennsylvania was particularly daunting for Republicans after court-imposed redistricting and a rash of retirements put several seats in play.

There was a fair amount of overlap in 2016 between Mr Trump's and Bernie Sanders' supporters - Mr Trump can rest assured that the progressive left did not appear to be very energised by Tuesday's results.

"I'm not sure that I should be happy or sad but I feel just fine about it". "When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people".

The US and Saudi Arabia have always been key allies, and Trump made the country his first stop overseas as president.

CNN's Jim Acosta denied entry to White House
CNN responded in a tweet , defending Acosta and saying, "This President's ongoing attacks on the free press have gone too far". We are all on the same team. "Now that the official Press Secretary is putting out videos that are doctored and deceitful".

During the news conference, Trump sparred with White House correspondents when they posed questions he did not like. He singled out Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for praise, but didn't answer specifically when asked about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' fate. Democratic Senate incumbents were up for re-election, for example, in North Dakota, Indiana, and Missouri - states Trump carried by nearly 25 percentage points on average two years ago.

Trump spent the day at the White House, tweeting, making calls, monitoring the races and meeting with his political team.

He told the nation he would love to work with Democrats - that it might, in fact, be a good thing that they won control of the House of Representatives - but he refused to back away from any of his divisive campaign rhetoric. History shows that a president in his first term usually suffers a sizeable loss in... Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pa., was re-elected to the House. As of this writing, not every race has been called and it is not yet clear how large the Democrats' majority will be, but it is already clear that the Speaker's gavel, and control of the House investigative committees, will go to them.

Democrats will have around 229 seats in the 435-member House, while Republicans will hold 53 seats in the 100-member Senate, up from 51, according to projections by The New York Times.

Ending eight years of Republican control that began with the tea party revolt of 2010, Democrats picked off more than two dozen GOP-held districts in suburbs across the nation on the way to securing the 218 seats needed for a majority.

For the former, Trump won on race, immigration and misogyny, assembling a coalition of white voters energised by all that talk of walls and Muslim bans and ramped-up deportations of immigrants, framed disproportionately as rapists and murderers and drug dealers.

Democrats' takeover of the House in January will allow them to force administration officials to testify and provide documents.

Debra Haaland and Sharice Davids are the first Native American women to be elected to the United States Congress.

Also Tuesday, transgender supporters in MA and the nation were celebrating the passage of the first-ever statewide referendum on a transgender rights law.