Defiant Trump blames media, fellow Republicans for House losses

Democrats capture House GOP holdsĀ Senate	 	 	 			Trump aims to upend convention again after midterm campaign of fear lies and defiance

"I thought it was very close to complete victory", Trump said, adding that he would "almost have to think about" whether he would have preferred Republicans to retain a slim majority in the House instead of their outright loss. He cited "questionable things" done by Democrats, including "leaks of classified information". A party that has ripped children from their parents at the border and put them in cages, has stolen a majority on the supreme court, and has looked the other way as nepotism, authoritarianism and chaos have taken up residence in the White House hardly suffered a catastrophic night.

Elijah Cummings, now the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, also has a wish list of probes, including Mr Trump's apparent interference in a plan to build a new headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation; drug pricing under the Trump administration; and the mishandling of the deadly 2017 hurricane disaster in Puerto Rico.

The loss of the House is a serious blow to Trump who must now brace for the novel experience of oversight from Capitol Hill with Democratic committee chairmen promising constraints on his power that the GOP never attempted.

He singled out GOP Representatives Mike Coffman of Colorado, Mia Love of Utah, Barbara Comstock of Virginia, Carlos Curbelo of Florida, Peter Roskam of Illinois, Erik Paulsen of Minnesota, John Faso of NY and Bob Hugin, who challenged Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey. The president responded: "Too bad, Mike".

"Mia gave me no love", he said of Love. It is employed more ostentatiously by Trump, but Democrats, including Obama, have similarly preyed on the fears of gays, seniors, African Americans and others when warning about the possibility of Republicans winning elections.

An article in The Washington Post presented both sides of the debate over whether the midterm elections were a victory for the Democrats or not.

However, any attempt to impeach Trump is likely to run headlong into resistance in the GOP-controlled Senate. "The answer is yes", Mr Trump said after hearing the response.

Even as U.S. president Donald Trump celebrated Republican gains in the Senate in the aftermath of 2018 midterm election and threatened Democrats who won back control of the House (and with it the power to investigate the president's personal and professional conduct), many dailies and newspapers agreed: While the Democrats taking back one lever of power spelled some trouble for Trump, it was hardly a total victory.

While Democrats support infrastructure spending, the stumbling block in the Trump plan was the provision that the private sector would effectively own the roads and bridges that it builds. McConnell said Wednesday that the two had discussed how they might "find a way forward" in a divided Congress.

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While US governors do not oversee presidents in the way members of congress do, those candidates in many ways represented the public face of the Democratic challenge to Mr Trump this year. Both are deal-makers. In 2007, Trump praised her as "the best", when she was first sworn in as speaker. However, the new Democratic House majority will end the Republican Party's dominance in Washington for the final two years of Trump's first term with major questions looming about health care, immigration and government spending.

In the Senate, where 35 of the 100 seats were in play (and just 9 were Republican seats up for grabs), the Republicans have made at least 3 gains.

Republicans fell short in CT, but appear well-positioned to gain one in Alaska (where the incumbent "independent" governor dropped out of the race and endorsed the Democrat).

In ill-tempered exchanges, he called a CNN correspondent "a rude, awful person" and told an NBC reporter: "I'm not a big fan of yours either".

The vote was seen as a referendum on the president, even though he is not up for re-election till 2020.

The election was historic for different reasons. "We call it shaking the snow globe", Sena said. But Trump is very resilient.

Neither party can claim a clear advantage in the arithmetic that will decide who will win the White House in 2020. "That's a firewall", GOP volunteer James Murr said.

Democrats were at a disadvantage heading into the midterms, holding most of the seats up for election in the Senate even as they were expected to take the House. Current results have Democrats controlling 222 seats to the Republicans' 196, with 17 contests still undeclared, according to the Associated Press.

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