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Trump declares victory in midterm elections, despite Republicans losing control of the House

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to
work with the new Democratic House majority in a bipartisan
manner on infrastructure, trade and health care, but warned
that work would stall if Democrats use their subpoena power to
investigate corruption in the administration as well as the
president’s personal finances and conduct in office.

Addressing reporters at a White House news conference, Trump
repeatedly praised House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
(Calif.), who is poised to reclaim the speaker’s gavel she lost
eight years ago, and said he looked forward to working with her
on “a beautiful bipartisan-type situation.”

Trump said he saw opportunities to work with Democrats to
rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, lower the costs of
prescription drugs and refashion trade policy.

“Now we have a much easier path because the Democrats will come
to us with a plan for infrastructure, a plan for health care, a
plan for whatever they’re looking at, and we’ll negotiate,”
Trump said.

But the president said he would react aggressively to any
attempt to probe his administration, predicting a “warlike
posture” if they investigate him.

“They can play that game, but we can play it better, because we
have a thing called the United States Senate,” Trump said,
referring to the enlarged GOP Senate majority following
Tuesday’s midterm elections. “I could see it being extremely
good for me politically because I think I’m better at that game
than they are, actually, but we’ll find out.”

They can play that game, but we can play it better, because
we have a thing called the United States Senate

Trump also claimed he has the power to immediately end special
counsel Robert Mueller’s expansive investigation into Russian
interference in the 2016 election, but that he wants to “let it
go on.”

“I could fire everybody right now, but I don’t want to stop it
because politically I don’t like stopping it,” Trump said.
“It’s a disgrace. It should never have been started, because
there is no crime.”

Holding a rare formal news conference in the East Room of the
White House, Trump repeatedly lost his cool as reporters
peppered him with questions. He attacked CNN’s Jim Acosta,
calling him “a rude, terrible person” and saying his network
should be “ashamed” of him, and then snapped at Peter Alexander
of NBC News and directed April Ryan of American Urban Radio to
“sit down.”

Trump claimed credit for helping grow the GOP’s Senate majority
and claimed that his party beat expectations “significantly” in
the House. He claimed that his “vigorous campaigning stopped
the blue wave,” and he relished Republican victories in places
where Democrats attracted celebrity surrogates, including Oprah
Winfrey and former president Barack Obama.

“I thought it was very close to complete victory,” Trump said.

Trump tried to put a positive spin on the mixed verdict, at
best, that voters delivered in the first national referendum on
his presidency. Trump was cutting in his criticism of some
individual House Republicans who lost re-election, attributing
their losses to their decisions to distance themselves from him
because he was so toxic with voters in their districts. He
cited Reps. Carlos Curbelo in South Florida, Mike Coffman in
the Denver area and Mia Love in Utah, among others.

“Mia Love gave me no love, and she lost,” Trump said. In a
mocking tone, he continued, “Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia.”

Democrats captured the House in Tuesday’s elections by
leveraging voter fury with Trump, especially in the nation’s
suburbs and among women and minority voters. That ensures a
change in power on Capitol Hill, dividing government in
Washington for the first time in Trump’s presidency.

Pelosi said her party’s victory was about “restoring the
Constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump
administration.”

In a morning tweet, Trump warned House Democrats not to “waste
Taxpayer Money” on probes of his administration and said Senate
Republicans would respond by investigating Democratic lawmakers
for their alleged infractions.

“If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money
investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be
forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of
Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level,”
Trump said on Twitter. “Two can play that game!”

Trump declared a “Big Victory” in the midterm elections,
despite the Democratic takeover of the House, and showed none
of the humility his predecessors had conveyed at similar
junctures. Obama called his 2010 midterm losses a
“shellacking,” while President George W. Bush called his
party’s 2006 defeat a “thumpin’.”

Trump wrote in a Wednesday morning tweet: “Received so many
Congratulations from so many on our Big Victory last night,
including from foreign nations (friends) that were waiting me
out, and hoping, on Trade Deals. Now we can all get back to
work and get things done!”

In a later tweet, Trump continued his with-me-or-against-me
political posture from the campaign. “Those that worked with me
in this incredible Midterm Election, embracing certain policies
and principles, did very well. Those that did not, say
goodbye!”

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