Trump hails US mid-terms a tremendous success

November 8, 2018

US President Donald Trump has hailed “tremendous success” in the mid-term elections after a night of mixed results for his Republican party.

The Democrats won the House of Representatives, which will enable them to thwart the president’s agenda. But the Republicans consolidated their grip on the Senate, ensuring he can still make key appointments.

Trump said the outcome “defied history” as the ruling party does not usually gain seats in the mid-terms.

At a feisty news conference on Wednesday, Trump offered an olive branch to Democrats, proposing both parties work together on joint legislative priorities.

But he said that if Democratic-controlled congressional committees started serving legal writs against his administration, Republicans would do likewise and gridlock would ensue.