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What does a Democrat win mean for the Trump government?

09 November 2018

Later in the day-after press conference, Trump said, "In the House, Republicans dramatically outperformed historical precedents and overcame a historic number of retirements".

WASHINGTONUS President Donald Trump often boasts about winning, but after Democrats seized the House of Representatives on Tuesday, he is finding out how it feels to be one of the "losers" he usually mocks.

Going into the voting, Republicans were defending majorities of 121-82 in the House and 34-16 in the Senate. They included New Jersey Sen Cory Booker, California Sen Kamala Harris, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Trump endorsed 75 candidates, of whom 21 or 28 percent won.

"I only had me".

"I don't know what their foreign policy is", Graham said.

The president's post-election readout showed his determination to put a positive spin on midterms that will bring an end to GOP control of Congress and open him to Democratic-led investigations in the House.

Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel of NY, who is expected to become the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told Reuters the panel will provide thorough oversight of the administration's dealings overseas, including with Russia, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia.

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And some investors will be happy just to move on from the elections.

The president's rebuke was felt on Capitol Hill.

"These are things we can accomplish with the support and collaboration of our Republican colleagues", Libby said. "Angers me to my core".

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From diplomatic initiatives to refugee quotas to regional concerns spanning the globe, House Democrats have signaled they will work to hold the administration to account on its policies and potentially wield the power of the purse in areas of disagreement.

"My expectation is that in most foreign policy issues we would not see a Democratic House, even a Democratic Senate, making huge changes in USA foreign policy because, in some ways, they lack the means", O'Hanlon said.

He added: "Hopefully we'll have two new women Republican senators here shortly", referring to the contested Arizona race and McSally, and Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn who will be the Republican senator from Tennessee come January. "Because we have a thing called the United States Senate", Trump said.

Asked why she was confident she could achieve bipartisanship, she quoted civil rights icon Martin Luther King and former President Ronald Reagan as inspiration.

That shift helps explain the president's abrupt announcement via Twitter that he had fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. And on Wednesday, he said she deserves to be House speaker. "I give her a great deal of credit for what she's done and what she's accomplished", Trump said.

Worse for Mr. Trump, the share of voters who dislike him personally but like his policies increased in the past two years.

"The White House should drag it out, bog it down, take the momentum away and make it go on forever", said Gingrich. Democrats, though, have long said the Republicans ignored a string of key facts and witnesses. Progressives such as Democratic Party candidate Beto O'Rourke, who had become a national sensation for his grassroot campaign in Texas, failed to unseat Republican Ted Cruz, while African American candidates such as Andrew Gillum and Stacy Abrams are expected to lose the governor race in Florida and neighboring Georgia, respectively. But in Kentucky, one of the top Democratic recruits, retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath, lost her bid to oust to three-term Rep Andy Barr.

Democrat Lindsey Williams is clinging to a narrow lead over Republican Jeremy Shaffer for GOP Sen. Republicans lost seats in the House after focusing on impeachment in 1998. However fanciful it all might seem in the moment, Trump wouldn't be the first president to cut across party lines in pursuit of a political boost following a midterm setback.

As a result, Trump has lost his shield. Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while about 25 percent said they voted to express support for Trump.

Overall, 6 in 10 voters said the country was headed in the wrong direction, but roughly that same number described the national economy as excellent or good. But the president received negative marks from voters on temperament and trustworthiness.

Trump's scorched-earth campaigning came to define the 2018 campaign. The easiest pathway back to the White House might be through the Midwestern states that fell when Mrs Clinton's electoral "blue wall" collapsed.

Returning to his immigration-heavy 2016 playbook, Trump went on to unleash his full fury on a caravan of migrants slowly making their way to the southern border. His take-no-prisoners approach troubled many Republicans seeking to appeal to moderate voters in suburban House districts, but Trump prioritized base voters in the deep-red states that could determine the fate of the Senate.

What does a Democrat win mean for the Trump government?