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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

HOUSE: Trump Calls Pelosi To Talk Peace As He Faces Democratic House Majority As Republicans Expand Senate majority

Dems take House in midterm elections but Republicans control Senate
President Donald Trump called Nancy Pelosi to concede the House on Tuesday evening after she denounced 'division' and promised to put 'checks and balances' on the White House - and looked to be on course for a majority as high as 32.

It was a more graceful end to the evening for Trump than his White House had claimed; White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders had refused to acknowledge that Pelosi would be the next House speaker two hours prior as she brushed off Democratic gains in the lower chamber. 

Even if Democrats do take the House, she had said, Trump won't be calling their party leader.

'I'm not sure why he would call Nancy Pelosi considering a lot of members of her own party said they wouldn't support her,' Sanders asserted. 'If Democrats win tonight, I think you need to wait and see who their speaker is.'

At 11:45 pm, the president did call to congratulate Pelosi, however, the Democratic leader's spokesman Drew Hammill said in a tweet.


'He acknowledged the Leader’s call for bipartisanship in her victory remarks,' Hammill said. 

President Donald Trump said Tuesday night that he considered Election Day's 'tremendous success,' hours after it became clear that the Democratic Party would control the House of Representatives during the next two years.

'Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!' the president tweeted, masking the inevitable anxieties that will come along with a split Congress led, in part, by political enemies who want him leashed or publicly humiliated. 

Democrats who stand to return next year as chairmen of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees are already sharpening their pens and preparing to drag Trump through his own swamp.

'We probably will' seek Trump's tax returns, said Reps. Elijah Cummings and Jerrold Nadler. 

As Tuesday headed to Wednesday, presidential counselor Kelyanne Conway told reporters at the White House: 'I guess they could try.'

'I don't know that there will be much of an appetite ... for their members to be spending all of their time, or even most of their time, or a fraction of their time investigating, instigating, trying to impeach or subpoena people,' Conway said. 

Nadler said it was 'way too early' to talk about impeaching Trump, but wouldn't rule it out depending on the results of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's expansive Russia probe.

'He's going to learn that he’s not above the law,' he said, according to CNN.

Democrats will control the House for the first time in eight years, giving them the ability to deeply complicate the next two years of Trump's presidency with investigations, subpoenas and even an impeachment proceeding.

Nancy Pelosi, the 78-year-old former House speaker from California, could return to that role in January, although 58 Democratic incumbents have said they want a fresh face and younger blood to lead them. 
President Donald Trump tweeted 'Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!' after a Tuesday bloodbath that saw his party booted out of leadership in the House of Representatives
President Donald Trump tweeted 'Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!' after a Tuesday bloodbath that saw his party booted out of leadership in the House of Representatives
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California has swept her party back into power in the House of Representatives
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California has swept her party back into power in the House of Representatives

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