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Trump threatens ‘war-like posture’ if Democrats investigate him

Trump threatens ‘war-like posture’ if Democrats investigate him

President Donald Trump is warning Democrats against using their new majority in the House of Representatives to investigate his administration.

Trump took the rare step of mocking Republican candidates who kept their distance from him during the campaign because of concerns that his divisive messages on immigration would turn off voters - but lost anyway.

As for Utah Rep. Mia Love's loss Tuesday, Trump said: "Mia Love gave me no love, and she lost", adding, "Sorry about that, Mia".

No, Donald Trump says an election in which his party lost the House was actually a good night.

"Now is the time for members of both parties to join together, put partisanship aside, and keep the American economic miracle going strong", Trump said. But, he warned, he will respond in kind and government will suffer.

Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, the national survey of the electorate, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump.

A Democratic House isn't going to put the U.S. back in the Iranian nuclear accord or the Paris climate agreement, and is unlikely to challenge Trump's protectionist line on trade.

"Mia gave me no love", he said of Love.

He decried, as he often has for months, special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Trump 2016 campaign links to Russian Federation and whether Trump, as president, obstructed justice by trying to thwart the investigation.

"I love our country", he said, "you have nationalists, you have globalists", adding "I also love the world". Trump called the investigation "a disgrace", saying it "should never have been started, because there is no crime". "Yesterday was such a very Big Win, and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!" he tweeted ahead of a scheduled White House press conference at the time of writing. CNN's White House correspondent debated the president about the caravan - "It was not an invasion" - and questioned whether Trump was demonizing immigrants.




In ill-tempered exchanges, he called a CNN correspondent "a rude, bad person" and told an NBC reporter: "I'm not a big fan of yours either".

Trump said that he was considering changes to his administration in the aftermath of the election, including to his cabinet.

"That's such a racist question", said Trump, who has made accusations of unfair coverage from the media a staple on the campaign trail.

The reason the Republicans wound up gaining seats is because most of those Democratic victories came in states they already held. Tammy Baldwin held off a challenge from Republican Leah Vukmir, but her fellow Democrats Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Claire McCaskill of Missouri were defeated by their Republican opponents.

Asked about comments from some Democrats that now in the majority they would seek his income tax returns, which unlike previous presidents Trump has refused to make public, Trump repeated prior explanations that they were under audit and his lawyers have told him not too.

He also said that the Democrats have "nothing, zero" on him. "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".

Trump's personal income taxes, which he withheld during the 2016 campaign and in his two years in office, are expected to be the purview of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Sen. Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, the current Senate minority leader and a likely candidate for Senate president, echoed Libby's sentiments in a news release early Wednesday.

"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".

Would-be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the chamber, talked about political bipartisanship in a congratulatory call from Trump and has said Democrats could embrace Trump's call for infrastructure spending across the United States to fix crumbling roads and bridges and new regulations to cut the cost of prescription drugs. Today, his chances for re-election look much more hard than they did just a few months ago. "It's about restoring the constitution's checks and balances to the Trump administration", Pelosi said.