Trump Mocks GOP Losers Who Kept Their Distance from Him

Image via Charles Fox  The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP

Image via Charles Fox The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP

But during a testy news conference, he vowed to adopt a "warlike posture" if Democrats investigated him.

Trump also dismissed the suggestion he could move to end Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation of whether his 2016 election campaign colluded with Russian Federation to get him into the White House.

And, indeed, after Mr Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, putting the Mueller probe in jeopardy, Democratic Congressman Jerry Nadler warned that he meant to lead a House Judiciary Committee examination.

"I think the message is, figure out what you can do together and do it", McConnell said, adding that the Affordable Care Act needs to be fixed but that any effort to fix the Obama-era law would have to be done "on a bipartisan basis".

He suggested they could co-operate on issues such as infrastructure, trade and health.

"We always knew these races are going to be close", said Rep. Katherine Clark of MA, co-chair of House Democrats' recruitment efforts.

Some Democrats said during their campaigns that they would not back Pelosi, but it's not clear yet whether there are any Democrats willing to challenge her for the post.

Joe Manchin has been the lone Senate bright spot for the Democrats so far, holding his seat in West Virginia in a tight contest. He added, "Two can play that game!"

Trump himself lauded the Republican electoral gains, saying on Twitter: "Tremendous success tonight".

Few presidents' first midterm elections in modern American political history have yielded Senate gains for the president's party. Instead, he rattled off a list of candidates who won after he'd campaigned on their behalf, then mocked some of his fellow Republicans who "didn't want the embrace" from him so close to the election. But Trump is very resilient.

"You are a rude, bad person", Trump told Acosta.

The president became irate when questioned about his characterisation of Central American migrants heading towards the United States as an "invasion". And when PBS Newshour correspondent Yamiche Alcindor asked him if he thought his rhetoric emboldened white nationalists he called it "such a racist question".

Following the press conference, he announced in a tweet he had fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump was badly underwater among women voters - who favor Democrats 62% to 35% - a gender gap, that if borne out by real votes, could prove devastating to Republican hopes.

Donald Trump came to the East Room of the White House with olive branch in hand, but it sometimes seemed like his fingers were crossed behind his back.

Nadler, once described by Trump as "one of the most egregious hacks in contemporary politics", is one of three prominent Democrats who have clashed with the president and who will take over key House committees when the new Congress convenes in January. In a meeting with Republican lawmakers before they left Washington for the August congressional recess, Mr. McCarthy warned that time was running short: Unless they intensified their campaign efforts and forcefully delivered a coherent message, he said, Republicans would suffer grievous losses in November.

The expected "thumping" and "shellacking" - terms deployed respectively by George W. Bush and Barack Obama to describe their party's major midterm defeats - didn't materialize.

"I think the Democrats would certainly be a line of defense against any further tax cuts", said Nancy Vanden Houten, senior economist at Oxford Economics. Additional Senate races have yet to be called, but Republicans are on pace to increase their hold of the chamber after taking at least three seats held by Democratic incumbents.

Of these 35, 24 were Democratic, meaning the opposition party had to keep every single one of its seats and capture four new Republican Senate positions in order to secure a working majority.

That will allow Mr Trump's party greater leeway over judicial and executive appointments.

In locking down a majority, Democratic candidates flipped seats in several suburban districts outside Washington, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, Denver and Dallas that were considered prime targets for turnover because they were won by Hillary Clinton in 2016. In the end, Democrats held just 188 seats to 247 for Republicans.

"Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans".

What difference will the new Congress make?

Female candidates fared particularly well in an election cycle that had been billed as the Year of the Woman.

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