Trump warns House Democrats about gridlock over investigations

  • Trump warns House Democrats about gridlock over investigations

Trump warns House Democrats about gridlock over investigations

Republican Ron DeSantis ousted Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum by less than one percentage point in a hotly contested race in Florida; Mike DeWine won the governorship in OH; and Republican Brian Kemp was ahead of Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams by 1.6 points with 100 percent of precincts reporting.

The opposition Democratic Party have regained control of the lower US House of Representatives from President Donald Trump's Republicans in the midterm elections, powered by a suburban revolt that threatens what's left of the president's governing agenda.

So when word came in that the projections were broadly correct, it did not come as a shock.

"It's disappointing but it's not surprising", said Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway.

At his watch party, Trump was upbeat.

Despite the results, Mr Trump wrote on Twitter: "Tremendous success tonight". "Thank you to all!"

Still, he is unlikely to be pleased with the Democratic inroads that will see Democrats now hold the power to hold subpoena-backed investigations of the president and his administration that could see the president make public his tax returns, something he has vehemently opposed despite prior precedent.

"I think the message is, figure out what you can do together and do it", McConnell said, adding that the Affordable Care Act needs to be fixed but that any effort to fix the Obama-era law would have to be done "on a bipartisan basis".

The president himself focused on positives as Republicans lost control of the House but made Senate gains.

There was also grousing about House Speaker Paul Ryan, who announced plans to resign at the end of the year instead of leaving sooner.

Mr Trump will facing greater scrutiny as the Democrats took control of the House in the midterm elections for the first time in eight years, during yesterday's midterm elections.

He said there's no way to portray losing the House as a positive development, but Trump can say, to some degree, that the results of the midterms are "good news". At stake are all 435 seats in the US House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate. Historically, the party out of power picks up seats in the first midterm of a presidency, and Democrats followed that pattern this year. No, seriously: If the Senate consisted exclusively of the states that elected senators yesterday, the Democrats would have a majority of legislators to match their majority of votes.

After two years of being blocked by the White House and the Trump Organisation at every turn, Democrats hope the new year brings a new day on such issues as foreign government spending at Trump properties, Trump's foreign licensing deals, Trump administration ties to lobbyists and special interests, and spending by Trump's charitable foundation. Buffet tables were laden with some of Trump's favourite foods.

The guest list included major donors Sheldon Adelson, Harold Hamm and Stephen Schwartzman, Cabinet members like Steven Mnuchin of Treasury and Kirstjen Nielsen of Homeland Security, evangelical leader Jerry Falwell, top aides like Conway, his wife, Melania and children Ivanka, Eric and Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka's husband, Jared Kushner, and Vice President Mike Pence.

In the Senate, Democrats were facing an uphill battle because they were defending 26 races, while just nine Republican seats were up for grabs. Casten linked Roskam to Trump throughout his campaign.

In Kansas, Democrat Sharice Davids beat a GOP incumbent to become the first gay Native American woman elected to the House. The Republican Party extended its 51-49 majority to 54-46 in the Senate, which elects two lawmakers per state (big or small) ensuring geographic and cartographic representation.