WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump held a press conference late Wednesday morning, the day after Democrats officially took control of the U.S. House of Representatives. While the election fell short of a so-called “Blue Wave,” Democrats will yield power in Washington D.C. for the first time since the election of Trump. (You can watch a replay of the press conference on Patch.)
With the Democrats taking the House, there are major implications for Trump himself. Key House committees that can investigate the president will now have Democrats in charge and can take on more aggressive probes of Trump that Republicans may have shied away from. In a tweet Wednesday morning, Trump said that if Democrats take on investigations at the House level, there will be retaliatory investigations “for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else” at the Senate level. Trump also seemed to throw his weight behind Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker.
In the U.S. Senate, Republicans gained seats, ousting vulnerable incumbents like North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly, both of whom voted against confirming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri also lost her seat. The New York Times projects that when all the races are called, Republicans will have 53 seats in the Senate and Democrats will have 47 seats, giving the GOP a wider lead than they currently have. But with control of the House with the Democrats, it will be harder for the Republican Senate to pass legislation.
Trump had aggressively hit the campaign trail leading up to the election on Tuesday, holding large rallies in every corner of the country to energize his base.
“Those that worked with me in this incredible Midterm Election, embracing certain policies and principles, did very well,” Trump said in one of a series of Tweets about the election. “Those that did not, say goodbye! Yesterday was such a very Big Win, and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!”
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