Trump calls midterms result 'clear rebuke' for Democrats

President Trump on Wednesday took a victory lap after the midterm elections, saying Republicans defied the odds by stopping a so-called “blue wave” of Democrats from taking control of both chambers of Congress.

Would Trump consider removing Special Counsel Robert Mueller?
"I could have ended it (the investigation) any time and I didn't," he says.
"There was no collusion, there was no anything. They went after hackers in Moscow, people with tax problems from years ago - nothing to do with my campaign.
"Many millions of dollars have been spent and there was no collusion. I think it's very bad for our country and it's a shame."
“There was a big day yesterday. Incredible day,” Trump said during a White House news conference. “The Republican Party defied history to expand our Senate majority while significantly beating expectations in the House.”
Trump suffered a major blow on Tuesday when the GOP lost control of the House, but the president has downplayed that defeat, arguing he feels vindicated by the results in the Senate, where Republicans look like they’ll gain three or four seats.
The president noted that of the 11 candidates he campaigned with during the final week of the race, nine won.
“This vigorous campaigning stopped the blue wave,” he said. “History will really see what a good job we did in the final few weeks.”
Trump blamed GOP losses in the House on the high number of retirements, large fundraising totals for Democrats, as well as negative media coverage that he said “set a new record.”
He also called out several House lawmakers by name, saying their failure to embrace him let to their defeats even though they ran in districts where he is unpopular.
"Too bad Mike," Trump said of Rep. Mike Coffman (R), who lost in Colorado. The president also appeared delighted that GOP Reps. Carlos Curbelo (Fla.), Rep. Barbara Comstock (Va.) and Mia Love (Utah) were all defeated while distancing themselves from him.
"Mia Love gave me no love. And she lost. Too bad. Sorry about that Mia," he said.
President Trump on Wednesday appeared to veer off script at a press conference discussing the results of the midterms to compliment media mogul Oprah Winfrey's "very hard" work campaigning for a Democrat in Georgia.
Trump rattled off a list of prominent races Republicans won or are in line to win from Tuesday's midterms, including the Georgia governor's race where Winfrey campaigned for Democrat Stacey Abrams.
"We also had a slew of historic wins in the governor’s races… against very well-funded, talented and skilled Democratic candidates and people that worked very, very hard, respectfully, for those candidates, like Oprah Winfrey, who I like," Trump said before appearing to go off script.
"I don’t know if she likes me anymore, but that's OK. She used to. But she worked very hard in Georgia," he added.
Later in the press conference asked by a reporter why he "liked Oprah so much," Trump responded: "Why do I like Oprah? What kind of a question is that? I do like her.”
“I have a lot of respect for her," he added. "Unfortunately, she didn’t do the trick.”
Winfrey visited Georgia in the final week of the campaign to boosts Abrams in her campaign against Republican nominee Brian Kemp.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Abrams trails by roughly 65,000 votes. She has yet to concede the race, however.
Winfrey has sparked buzz of a potential presidential campaign by wading into politics, though she has denied she is interested. While she has criticized Trump, the president has been reluctant to hit back.
She was one of several celebrities and prominent Democrats who hit the campaign trail for Abrams, who would be the state's first black governor. Actor Will Ferrell and rapper Common also knocked on doors in support of her candidacy.
Trump campaigned for Kemp in Georgia on Sunday, and brought former Georgia Bulldogs football coach Vince Dooley on stage to whip up the crowd.