Friday, 18 January, 2019

Trump Calls US Midterm Elections 'Tremendous Success'

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He took to Twitter the morning after the split election outcome for the GOP to put Democrats on notice about their threats to investigate him and the administration.

The Democrats have won control of the House following the 2018 midterm elections in a significant victory for the opposition party. "Two can play that game!"

"A Democratic House means that if the president wants to get things done, he's going to have to work across the aisle", said Jason McGrath, a Democratic pollster in Chicago.

Still, he celebrated GOP success in expanding the party's majority in the Senate and seemed to blame losing candidates for distancing themselves from him and his unorthodox methods. "Those that did not, say goodbye!"

The House loss means Mr Trump will be under much more intense scrutiny from Congress in the wake of the midterms.

"Yesterday was such a very Big Win, and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!" he added.

Democratic leader of the House Nancy Pelosi hailed the expected Democrat wins, saying Americans have "had enough of division".

Rep. Tim Ryan of OH, who challenged Pelosi unsuccessfully in 2016, has left the door open to the possibility of challenging the Democratic leader again, while others are mulling a bid only if Pelosi steps aside or if she were to be defeated in a run for speaker.

On Tuesday evening, Pelosi pledged a Democratic House will act as a check on the White House and Republicans in Washington.

"They (Republicans) have been trying to take Medicare away from us, our medical services, and it's important that we vote for candidates who will defend that", he said at a polling place in Tornillo, Texas. "She has earned this great honor!"

Control of the House gives Democrats the ability to launch investigations into the president and stifle his agenda.

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Democrats were most optimistic about the House, a sprawling battlefield set largely in America's suburbs where more educated and affluent voters in both parties have soured on Trump's turbulent presidency, despite the strength of the national economy.

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 other candidates he backed during the race, the White House said. Some 35 Senate seats were in play, as were nearly 40 governorships and the balance of power in virtually every state legislature. Heidi Heitkamp and when Republican businessman Mike Braun ousted Sen.

In Texas, Sen Ted Cruz staved off a tough challenge from Democrat Beto O'Rourke, whose record-smashing fundraising and celebrity have set off buzz he could be a credible 2020 White House contender. Claire McCaskill in Missouri, and Sen.

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

Almost 40 per cent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, the national survey of the electorate, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump.

Striking a dark tone at a rally in IN on Monday evening, Trump accused Democrats of "openly encouraging millions of illegal aliens to break our laws, violate our borders and overrun our country".

The first national elections since Trump captured the White House in a stunning 2016 upset is a referendum on the polarising president and a test of whether Democrats can turn the energy of the liberal anti-Trump resistance into victories at the ballot box.

IN voters have a positive view of the nation's economic outlook - seven in 10 said the nation's economy is good while about 3 in 10 said it isn't. But the president received negative marks from voters on temperament and trustworthiness. Almost two-thirds said Trump was a reason for their vote.

In a last-minute controversy, NBC, Fox News and Facebook on Monday pulled an ad by Trump's campaign that critics have labelled racist. In the final days, he sought to motivate supporters with the battle over the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Wrapping up the campaign in recent days, Trump repeatedly raised fears about immigrants, issuing harsh warnings about a caravan of Central American migrants that is moving slowly through Mexico toward the USA border.

Throughout the midterm elections, Republicans had been anxious that Democrats would take the House as a so-called "green wave" of money flowed to Democratic candidates in the final weeks before the midterms.