- Title: Trump points to Republican gains, broaches cooperation with Democrats
- Date: 7th November 2018
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 7, 2018) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "So, it really could be a beautiful bipartisan type of situation. If we won by one, or two, or three, or four, or five that wouldn't happen. And the closer it is, the worse it is. This way they'll come to me. We'll negotiate. Maybe we'll make a deal, Maybe we won't. That's possible. But we have a lot of things in common on infrastructure. We want to do something on health care. They want to do something on health care. There are a lot of great things that we could do together, and now we'll send that up and we will really get, we'll get the Democrats and we'll get the Republicans, or some of the Republicans, and I'll make sure that we send something up that the Republicans can support and they're going to want to make sure they send something up that the Democrats can support."
- Embargoed: 21st November 2018 17:49
- Keywords: Donald Trump election democrats republicans bipartisan
- Location: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- City: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA00A95ICUO7
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- Story Text: President Donald Trump on Wednesday (November 7) portrayed the midterm election results as "an incredible day" for his Republicans despite a Democratic takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives that will lead to greater restraints on his administration.
Republicans expanded their control of the U.S. Senate, knocking off at least three Democratic incumbents on Tuesday, following a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race and immigration.
But they lost their majority in the House, a setback for the president after a campaign that became a referendum on his combative leadership.
The divided power in Congress combined with Trump's expansive view of executive power could herald even deeper political polarization and legislative gridlock in Washington.
The Democrats will now head House committees that can investigate the president's tax returns, possible business conflicts of interest and any links between his 2016 election campaign and Russia.
There may be some room, however, for Trump and Democrats to work together on issues with bipartisan support such as a package to improve infrastructure or protections against prescription drug price increases.
"It really could be a beautiful bipartisan situation," Trump said.
He said Nancy Pelosi, who may be the next speaker of the House, had expressed to him in a phone call a desire to work together.
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