What does a Democrat win mean for the Trump government?

Frederick Owens
November 9, 2018

"At this point, what I want is to make certain we get some reforms [to the legislative process] that'll apply whoever is speaker", he said. "Too bad, sorry about that Mia".

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., speaks to supporters after she was declared the victor over former Gov. Phil Bredesen in their race for the U.S. Senate Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Franklin, Tenn.

The GOP "had a very good day" Tuesday despite the House loss, McConnell said. As of Wednesday, unofficial returns showed the GOP with a 63-35 Assembly advantage and a 19-14 Senate edge.

Pelosi has repeatedly expressed confidence in the past week that she would become speaker and formally launched her bid Wednesday night in a letter to colleagues.

"Two can play that game!" the president Donald Trump said via Twitter.

"So it is possible, though the odds are against it, that Trump will find a way of working with a Democratic house of representatives". And it seems highly unlikely any Republican will vote for the woman their party has demonized in thousands of campaign ads.

Numerous candidates for whom Trump campaigned did indeed win on Wednesday (as of PJ Media's count, 49 of the Republicans he endorsed won, 30 of them lost, but his entire slate in Florida won). Both are deal-makers. In 2007, Trump praised her as "the best", when she was first sworn in as speaker.

The letters also are the Democrats' effort to protect Mueller's evidence if Whitaker, who has been outspoken against the probe, takes steps to curtail the special counsel investigation.

He said: "Nancy Pelosi, one of the most experienced politicians, will want to try to do some co-operative work with the president".

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Shortly after his news conference ended, Trump tweeted that he had accepted the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who will be replaced by Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker.

Neal said he expected Trump's trade deal with Mexico and Canada to come before his committee soon and Democrats, who traditionally support labor unions, will want to ensure that global trade benefits American workers.

Trump then called on NBC's Peter Alexander. "People don't understand tax returns".

Widely viewed as a referendum on Trump's presidency, Tuesday's results offered a split decision that revealed deep tensions in the American electorate - a rift that could easily widen during two years of divided control of Congress. Trump's aggressive campaign blitz, which paid off in some key victories, suggests he is likely to continue leaning into the fray.

Mr Trump was expected to further address the results at a White House news conference later on Wednesday. He lambasted CNN's Jim Acosta as "a rude, awful person", told American Urban Radio Network correspondent April Ryan repeatedly to "sit down", and deemed a query about white nationalism, posed by PBS Newshour reporter Yamiche Alcindor, a "such a racist question". And when PBS NewsHour correspondent Yamiche Alcindor asked whether he thought his rhetoric, including use of the term "nationalist" emboldened white nationalists, he called it "such a racist question".

"If that happens, we're going to do the same thing, and government comes to a halt, and I would blame them", he said, implying that he will co-opt the Senate to investigate Democrats for "leaking" and other unspecified offenses.

Democrats have promised to hold oversight hearings on the Trump administration when they take the majority in January.

With Republicans poised to add several seats to their 51-49 majority when all the votes are counted, Democrats would have to net red states in 2020 - something they failed to do Tuesday night.

Donald Trump was buoyed by victories that added to the Republican majority in the US Senate.

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