Friday 20 September 2019

Donald Trump claims victory in midterms despite losing House control

The president struck a buoyant note in morning tweets and was due to give a press conference.

President Donald Trump (Jeff Roberson/AP)
President Donald Trump (Jeff Roberson/AP)

By Catherine Lucey and Jonathan Lemire

President Donald Trump took a buoyant view of midterm elections that saw his Republicans lose control of the House of Representatives.

His party kept control of the Senate and won some key state governor races, enabling the president to put a positive gloss on the results.

“Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!” Mr Trump tweeted late Tuesday after staying quiet for much of election night.

Early on Wednesday, Mr Trump added: “Now we can all get back to work and get things done!”

Mr Trump was expected to further address the results at a White House news conference later on Wednesday.

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Mr Trump called House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, a conversation that her office said included congratulations and a nod to her pitch for bipartisanship.

That call did not stop him from getting his digs in a Wednesday tweet, saying: “Those that worked with me in this incredible Midterm Election, embracing certain policies and principles, did very well. Those that did not, say goodbye! Yesterday was such a very Big Win, and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!”

Mr Trump also congratulated the new governor-elect of Florida Ron DeSantis, who fended off a challenge from the Democrats.

The president returned to one of his favourite themes in an attack on the media reporting of the midterms.

He tweeted: “To any of the pundits or talking heads that do not give us proper credit for this great Midterm Election, just remember two words – FAKE NEWS!”

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