Published: Sun, November 11, 2018

Trump upbeat despite House loss, will hold news conference

Trump upbeat despite House loss, will hold news conference

For one, this is a midterm election, which heavily favors the older, whiter Republican electorate, as seen in the 2010 and 2014 results. "It's about restoring the Constitution's checks and balances to the Trump administration".

Germany's foreign minister says the outcome of the USA midterm elections means foreign policy will depend more on whether Republicans and Democrats can work together, but doesn't alter the changes in trans-Atlantic relations under President Donald Trump.

Democrats say that when it comes to the administration's response, for example, to the "caravan" of Central American immigrants, they want answers about the rationale behind the troop deployments and details on the force's rules of engagement. "Now we can all get back to work and get things done!"

However, the party will now head House committees that can investigate the president's tax returns, possible business conflicts of interest and possible links between his 2016 election campaign and Russian Federation.

"In stark contrast to the GOP Congress", Pelosi said Tuesday, "a Democratic Congress will be led with transparency and openness". They have a very long list of topics they plan to look into, including financial deregulation, Trump's business interests and Russia's election interference.

Legislators in the House of Representatives have only a two-year term which sets up a midterm challenge for the presidents who have a four-year term. But Democrats, fueled by wins in key suburbs, will control the House come November.

So far, the administration has ignored their questions.

During his final day of campaigning on Monday, Trump was asked how he would handle a Democratic-run House.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence panel, Adam Schiff of California, has pushed for answers on the administration's response to the killing of USA -based journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi operatives in Turkey.

"He's a highly respected man, especially by law enforcement, and I think he's going to do a great job", Trump said.

Scott's win also gives Florida two Republican senators for the first time in more than a century, since the post-Civil War Reconstruction era.

Democrats could make life hard for Trump by launching another congressional investigation into allegations of Russian interference on his behalf in the 2016 election.

"I am concerned about comments that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has made regarding the Special Counsel and the parameters of his investigation", Collins said in a statement.

White House aides called on Democrats to work with Republicans in the next Congress. And on Wednesday, he said she deserves to be House speaker.

Her office hasn't provided an more precise explanation. For months, ThinkProgress reported, Democrats have pledged to subpoena Trump for important records, such as his tax returns and documents pertaining to his campaign. In Georgia, the Republican gubernatorial candidate who was also overseeing his own election tried dirty tricks out of the Tayyip Erdoğan handbook to keep Democrats from voting. Much of what his panel does could depend on the timing and content of Mueller's report.

And other Democrats, including Jerrold Nadler of NY on Judiciary and Richard Neal of MA on Ways and Means, have their own lists of anticipated inquiries.

Although his name was not on the ballot as a higher-than-usual number of voters elected Congress members on Tuesday November 6, the election was considered a referendum on Trump's America. They want Congress to perform its oversight function, especially with an erratic president. The majority party in the House controls nearly all of the subpoena power and other investigative tools.

Another Democrat trying to make history, Ben Jealous, lost his bid to become Maryland's first black governor to incumbent Republican Larry Hogan.

As results started rolling in, a triumphant Nancy Pelosi, now soon to be the House Majority Leader, declared that the elections were "about stopping the GOP and [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell's assault on Medicare, Medicaid, affordable health care, and millions of Americans living with pre-existing medical conditions".

In locking down a majority, Democratic candidates flipped seats in several suburban districts outside Washington, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, Denver and Dallas that were considered prime targets for turnover because they were won by Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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