Donald Trump emerges from midterm elections with no regrets

Pa. House and Senate remain in Republican control despite Democratic gains

Pa. House and Senate remain in Republican control despite Democratic gains

President Donald Trump celebrated the midterm elections as a "tremendous success" for his administration after Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate, maintained an edge in governorships, and handed control of the House to the Democrats by a slim margin instead of the predicted blowout to the so-called "blue wave".

The president criticized Republican candidates who apparently did not support him enough and lost congressional seats in Tuesday's elections. "Now what's bad for them is, being in the majority, I'm just going to blame them", Mr. Trump said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, with a rare smile and spring in his step, made clear Wednesday that he is happy with the outcome of the election that has increased his majority by at least three senators, calling President Donald Trump's efforts "very helpful" with that victory.

While Democrats taking over key House committees have not specifically telegraphed their targets, Cummings' committee would likely seek Trump's business tax returns and other company-related financial records, according to two Democratic congressional staffers who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss post-election plans.

But the president warned he would not hesitate to retaliate if House Democrats use their committee powers in the next Congress to investigate members of his administration or his personal finances.

Trump said in an interview with Sinclair Broadcasting on Monday that he wished he had a softer tone during his first two years in office - even as he continued his relentless attacks on political rivals.

His back-and-forth with CNN reporter Jim Acosta over Trump's hard-line immigration rhetoric grew especially heated, with Trump labeling the reporter a "very rude person" and saying the outlet "should be ashamed of itself" for employing him. "I'm proud of what happened".

He scorned Utah's Mia Love and Virginia's Barbara Comstock.

New Jersey senator Bob Menendez, addressing the crowd in Hoboken after his re-election victory, said he was told that the state's junior senator, Democrat Cory Booker, "may be busy really soon".

It was "such a very Big Win", he tweeted, "and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!"

"Mainers have entrusted you with the future of our state and to represent all of the people", he said. "Erik Paulsen didn't want the embrace", Trump said. He said he would be happy to help "supply her the necessary votes".

The Democrats flipped the Republican-held Colorado Senate, Maine Senate, Minnesota House and both chambers in New Hampshire.

Ron DeSantis winning the tight gubernatorial race in Florida, Mike Braun unseating Democratic Sen.

The result left Washington braced for the prospects of partisan warfare, with the Democrats poised take over House committees, giving them the power to hold hearings, call witnesses and issue subpoenas to administration officials.

Democrats also reclaimed a handful of blue-collar districts carried by both former President Barack Obama and Trump.

"We'll fill in the gaps on the Russian Federation investigations", he said of the Mueller probe.

"There was another guy who lost a Senate race and was elected President two years later", Sabato said.

"The one issue that Leader Pelosi and I discussed this morning where there could be a possible bipartisan agreement would be something on infrastructure, but there could be a lot of other things".

"I think they're trying to shut us down ... send a message to our colleagues", he said.

But without overwhelming numbers, Democrats will not have the strength to push numerous initiatives their left flank ran on: a single-payer health care system, boldly expanded college access and an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency that is at least reined in. Perhaps with this in mind, Trump tweeted: "In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats". "The fact is we'd like to work together". "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".

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