Watch live: Trump hails GOP election wins in spirited news conference

Nov. 7 (UPI) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday Republicans “defied history” with election wins in the Senate, and he’s hopeful to work with the now Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.

Trump made the remarks Wednesday afternoon in a news conference at the White House. He touted GOP gains, saying 9 of the 11 candidates he campaigned for won their seats — and overcame “very hostile media coverage” to win.

“History will see what a good job we did in the final couple of weeks,” Trump said.

Republicans gained at least three seats in the Senate and might get a fourth. Trump said it shows Americans support low taxes, low regulations, low crime and strong borders.

Trump said if there’s bipartisan cooperation, Congress can pass a “tremendous amount of legislation.”

In his remarks, the president named several Republican candidates who didn’t want to “embrace” him or have his support. Most of them lost.

“I’m not sure if I should be happy or sad. Whether it’s me or what we stand for but what we stand for meant a lot to most people,” Trump said.

The party won some toss-up races in state gubernatorial elections and expanded its majority in the Senate, while ceding control of the House.

The Democratic control of the House of Representatives could lead to new inquiries into Trump’s administration, but the president warned against that path.

“If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level,” Trump tweeted earlier. “Two can play that game!”

In his briefing, Trump faced questions about the southern border wall and the caravan of Central American migrants heading for the United States.

“I want them to come into the country but they have to come in legally,” Trump said.

He was also asked about the Russia investigation concerning the 2016 election.

“I’m not concerned about anything with the Russian investigation because its a hoax,” he said.

One reporter asked if Trump plans to ask Vice President Mike Pence to be his running mate for 2020. Trump jokingly asked Pence, who was in the room, to raise his right hand and if he would be part of his re-election campaign. He said Pence said “yes.”

Trump also shouted down several reporters in the room on some questions, saying they were “rude.”


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