Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Defiant Trump blames media, fellow Republicans for House losses

Pa. N.J. congressional election results Democrats gain four seats in Philly region US elects record number of women to House | Bangkok Post: news
Kenny Thornton | 10 November, 2018, 11:00

Democrats have regained control of the House from President Donald Trump's Republican Party in the midterm elections.

While Democrats taking over key House committees have not specifically telegraphed their targets, Cummings' committee would likely seek Trump's business tax returns and other company-related financial records, according to two Democratic congressional staffers who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss post-election plans.

Ms Pelosi - who is set to become speaker, a position she held from 2007 to 2011 - told supporters: "Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans".

Pelosi is nationally unpopular, and Republicans have often tied Democratic House candidates to her agenda to win races.

"This is a pretty exciting time because we will increase our numbers drastically and what I want for those women, I want them to serve in the majority on the Democratic side", said Mrs Pelosi of California. "I give her a great deal of credit for what she's done and what she's accomplished", Trump said.

Pelosi has led the Democrats in the House since 2003, and is the favorite to be elected during the next congressional session, so long as she receives votes from a majority of House members. Remember the grand bipartisan confab he hosted at the White House to hash out immigration back in January?

The Democrats had to win by at least that much to take the majority, because in more than a few states, their candidates had to overcome not only their opponents, but also the district lines within which they had to run.

President Trump actually held his own in the elections and, in doing so, established himself not just as the leader of the Republican Party but as its guiding force. In recent weeks, he had stormed the states where he could do the most for Republican candidates, several of whom were being outshone by the Democrats' fresher faces.

With the Democrats in the majority they will have the power to launch investigations and subpoena records, including possibly Trump's tax filings and private business dealings.

"Democratic women in particular and independent women, progressive women, upscale suburban women were clearly energised by the Trump victory and the Trump presidency in a negative way", said Democratic pollster Celinda Lake.

Vice President embarks on three-day visit to France
That now seems more likely for later this month, when they attend the G20 summit of worldwide leaders in Argentina. Trump launched a broadside at Macron via his preferred medium of conducting foreign policy - Twitter.

It was unclear what leaks he was referring to.

Acosta said in a tweet late on Wednesday he had been denied entry into the White House by the Secret Service.

Trump had aggressively campaigned in the closing days of the race, his focus on boosting Republicans in states he carried in 2016.

The 2020 election year will see President Trump on the ballot, an extremely hard Senate map for Republicans, several more states that are not under full GOP control, and quite possibly a much less favorable economic environment.

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, of MA, is the ranking member on the House Ways and Means Committee and is expected to take over as chairman of the panel when the Democrats assume control of the House in January after winning a majority of seats in Tuesday's election.

The party picked up seats across the map but some of the campaign's biggest Democratic stars lost.Liberal Beto O'Rourke's underdog Senate campaign fell short in conservative Texas against Republican Ted Cruz. But the GOP gained ground in the Senate by defeating several Democrats in states where Trump was elected by wide margins in 2016.

The Georgia race was perhaps the closest watched governor's race in the country, along with Florida, where another Democratic hopeful, Andrew Gillum, lost to a Republican. Joe Manchin III, even after Trump campaigned heavily for his GOP opponent.

On a political level, however, it's possible that the loss of the House might actually work in Donald Trump's favour - especially as he looks forward to his re-election campaign in 2020.

Despite the results, Trump wrote on Twitter, "Tremendous success tonight". Omar, who came to the USA as a refugee, will be the first Somali-American in Congress. Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas and Debra Haaland of New Mexico became the first Native American women elected to Congress. When they asked how the Trump Organization arrived at the $151,470 in profits it paid back to the Treasury for foreign stays at his hotels, they got silence.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi - who could soon become speaker - tried to tamp down impeachment talk as the midterms approached.

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