- 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: "And as you know, it's been very hard in the Senate because we need essentially 10 votes from Democrats, and we don't get those votes because the Democrats do really stick together well. I don't agree with him on a lot of policy but I agree with him on sticking together. They stick together. So now we go into the Senate. We don't have the 10 votes. And what happens? It doesn't get passed even if it gets out of the House, it doesn't get passed. So under the new concept of what we're doing, I say, 'Come on, let me see what you have.' They want to do things. You know, I keep hearing about investigations. Fatigue. Like from the time, almost from the time I announced I was going to run, they've been giving us this investigation fatigue - been a long time, They got nothing. Zero. You know why? Because there is nothing. But they can play that game. But we can play it better. Because we have a thing called the United States Senate, and a lot of very questionable things were done between leaks of classified information and many other elements that should not have taken place, and all you're going to do is end up in back and forth and back and forth, and two years is going to go up and we won't have done a thing."
- 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: LVA00895ICUO7
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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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