Sunday 18 November 2018

Rob Crilly: 'President will take heart from results that offer a populist path to winning a' second term

  

US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in the White House. Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/GETTY
US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in the White House. Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/GETTY

Rob Crilly in Washington

If America's midterm elections were a referendum on President Donald Trump's performance so far, then this divided, polarised country delivered a predictably split result.

Mr Trump will have woken up yesterday morning knowing that he lost control of the House of Representatives while at the same time his Republican party was on course to strengthen its grip on the Senate.

That brings opportunities and challenges for the president as he ponders his chances of retaining the White House in 2020. This after all is a leader who has already struggled to impose his will on Congress and will find his legislative agenda stalled utterly for the next two years (unless he changes tactics and summons up the will to make deals with his opponents).

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