'Two Can Play That Game.' Trump Preemptively Threatens Retaliatory Investigations Against Democrats

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"They can play that game, but we can play it better".

'There are many things we can get a long on without a lot of trouble, ' he added. The whole world was closely watching and waiting to see if a system of checks and balances mechanism could be restored in America to rein in a Republican US president who has introduced some controversial foreign policies, from withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement to relocating the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. If the Democrats "waste Taxpayer Money investigating" the administration over the next two years - as they nearly certainly will - running against Pelosi will become an effective strategy in future elections.

"In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats", Trump tweeted.

By comparison to the 29-seat loss suffered Tuesday by President Trump's Republican Party, President Obama's Democratic Party lost 63 seats in the in 2010 midterm elections.

He pointed to Republican Gov. -elect Mike DeWine in neighboring OH as someone who was able to do that, while Pennsylvania GOP Senate nominee Lou Barletta and Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner could not.

"I retired him. I'm very proud of it". Current results have Democrats controlling 222 seats to the Republicans' 196, with 17 contests still undeclared, according to the Associated Press.

The president repeatedly became irritated while taking questions from the media, insulting several reporters by name, interrupting their questions, ordering some to sit down and deeming one inquiry "racist". But the election also portends possible problems for Trump personally. Trump said in a November 7 tweet.

If Trump were to lose the trio of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin in 2020, he wouldn't reach 270 electoral votes again, even if he kept all the other states.

Following the press conference, he announced in a tweet he had fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"They're not going to turn over stuff to the House", said Joe diGenova, an informal Trump legal adviser.

On Tuesday, the president telephoned Pelosi, a conversation that her office said included congratulations and a nod to her pitch for bipartisanship. "Now I'm saying we will win" she told Stephen Colbert during an October 30 appearance on the Late Show, per Deadline.

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Mr Trump went on to say he's happy with "most" of his Cabinet, suggesting more changes may be coming and that he is "looking at different people for different positions", adding that "it is very common after the midterms".

Even marrying the conventional Republican supply-side growth agenda with trade saber-rattling has arguably helped produce economic and wage gains that ought to make Trump a popular president.

Democrats say they want to pursue unanswered questions about Russian interference in the 2016 election and end what they call a campaign by House Republicans to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's continuing investigation. "Donald Trump may not like hearing it, but for the first time, his administration is going to be held accountable".

On the morning after the Midterm elections, where the Democrats regained control of the House, Donald Trump said something NICE about Nancy Pelosi.

A rough analysis of the races showed 18 Democrats who either were victorious or were leading won their races by five percentage points or fewer. Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Republican Josh Hawley defeating Democratic Sen. Further, Democrats had an underwhelming performance in OH, where gubernatorial nominee Richard Cordray lost and incumbent senator Sherrod Brown won by only six points against a weak Republican.

Ohio Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, who won another term representing a district that Hillary Clinton won in 2016, called it a "really bad election night" for his party.

And then the White House would hope "Republicans take the House (of Representatives in the 2020 election) and nobody is demanding (the tax returns) at that point".

Trump's scorched-earth campaigning came to define the 2018 campaign.

Congress has broad constitutional authority to conduct oversight and investigations, a power that has been upheld in numerous Supreme Court cases, some of them dating to issues arising from the Teapot Dome scandal of the 1920s.

Polling experts have since worked to improve their methods and how they collect responses from voters for exit polls, Kennedy said.

Returning to his immigration-heavy 2016 playbook, Trump went on to unleash his full fury on a caravan of migrants slowly making their way to the southern border.

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