United States voters give verdict on Trump as control of Congress at stake

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"I think she could have won that race, but she didn't want to have any embrace", Mr. Trump said.

The Republicans' control of the Senate is arguably more significant, says the BBC's Aleem Maqbool in Washington, because Mr Trump focused his campaigning on Senate races, and candidates he backed clearly benefited.

The November 6 midterm election was a very good one for the Democrats. They talked on election night about doing an infrastructure package and lowering health care costs, particularly around prescription drugs, priorities for both sides.

But the president warned he would not hesitate to retaliate if House Democrats use their committee powers in the next Congress to investigate members of his administration or his personal finances.

Democrats could derail Trump's legislative agenda for the next two years should they win control of the House.

His back-and-forth with CNN reporter Jim Acosta over Trump's hard-line immigration rhetoric grew especially heated, with Trump labeling the reporter a "very rude person" and saying the outlet "should be ashamed of itself" for employing him.

"I think that's a really poor way for the Legislature to function", Libby said.

Trump also said he hopes he can work with Congress to get enough money to build the wall but that he would not necessarily force a government shutdown over the issue.

But Pelosi pointedly told supporters the Democratic victory was about "restoring the Constitution and checks and balance to the Trump administration.It is about stopping the [Republicans] and Trump administration's assault" on two government-run medical insurance programs for older and impoverished Americans "and people living with pre-existing medical conditions". "They ignored the party bosses who said they should wait their turn".

"You are a rude, awful person", Trump told Acosta. If they do so, it will signal a "war-like posture", Trump said.

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"That's enough, put down the mic", Trump said.

Democrats will hold at least 21 seats in the 35-seat Senate and appeared poised to take at least 81 seats in the 151-seat House, with some results still pending in a handful of races, and others were still too close to call.

Republicans are expected to retain their slight majority in the US Senate, now at two seats, which would let them retain the power to approve US Supreme Court and other judicial nominations on straight party-line votes.

In fact, McConnell called for "bipartisanship" numerous times and even offered some advice for his Democratic counterparts who retook the House majority and have promised multiple oversight investigations of the president, including a quest for his tax returns.

US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi celebrates the Democrats winning a majority in the US House of Representatives with House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (left), her grandson Paul (third right) and other Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) members. "And if it becomes clear that this is another move to shut down the Mueller investigation, then that is something that we'll have to seriously consider". The 30-second spot featured courtroom video of an illegal immigrant from Mexico convicted in the 2014 killings of two police officers, juxtaposed with scenes of migrants headed through Mexico.

Last night we saw Beto O'Rourke make a statewide race in Texas competitive for the first time in decades.

Trump briefly sought to strike a statesmanlike tone in his first public remarks after the loss, praising House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi for her hard work and envisioning "a handsome, bipartisan type of situation" on infrastructure investments and health care.

But without overwhelming numbers, Democrats will not have the strength to push numerous initiatives their left flank ran on: a single-payer health care system, boldly expanded college access and an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency that is at least reined in.

For Pelosi, Trump's endorsement Wednesday could be just what she needs to push past the naysayers and help neutralize the critics.

"That is a hopeful story about our democracy, about the power we have when we come together to demand change".

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