President Trump Holds Wild Press Conference Following Midterm Elections
By Bill Galluccio
November 7, 2018
President Donald Trump praised the "incredible" results from the 2018 midterm elections during a press conference from the White House on Wednesday (November 7). While the Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives, they managed to gain seats in the Senate. Trump patted himself on the back for helping to get some key Republicans "over the finish line."
Even though Democrats regained control of the House, Trump argued that their gains fell below expectations. He also praised the campaign work of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to be the new Speaker of the House next year.
Trump said that he hopes to work with the House to create bipartisan legislation on a range of issues, from infrastructure to the environment.
Trump was low-key while he delivered his prepared remarks, but became combative with members of the press when they asked him questions. It started when Trump got into a testy exchange with CNN's Jim Acosta regarding immigration. Acosta refused to pass the microphone to another reporter when asked by Trump, leading Trump to tell Acosta he's "a very bad person." Acosta was defended by NBC's Peter Alexander which prompted Trump to say he "wasn't a fan" of Alexander either.
Trump blamed the media for treating his administration unfairly, pointing out how they never cover his successes, specifically the economy.
The president deflected questions about the future of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
“I’m very happy with most of my Cabinet.," Trump said. "We’re looking at different people for different positions. You know, it’s very common after the midterms. I didn’t want to do anything before the midterms, but I will tell you that for the most part, I’m extremely happy with my Cabinet.”
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