Still, he celebrated GOP success hanging on to the Senate and distanced himself from any blame.
And outside Richmond, Virginia, one-time tea party favorite Rep. Dave Brat lost to Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative motivated to run for office after the GOP vote to gut the Affordable Care Act.
"Certain members of the press can not stand the fact that President Trump and Republicans defied expectations in the midterm elections - actually growing our Senate majority", he said. And a lot of them worked very hard. "Those that did not, say goodbye!" First of all, because he said so at his actually epic 90-minute long press conference later that day.
Widely viewed as a referendum on Trump's presidency, Tuesday's results offered a split decision that revealed deep tensions in the American electorate - distances that could easily widen during two years of divided control.
This was President Trump's victory, and he and Sen. Perhaps the biggest new political star among them is New York's 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a liberal firebrand from the Bronx. She became a progressive star after her upset primary victory over Republican Joseph Crowley, a high-ranking House Democrat.
In a statement, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders called Acosta's behavior "absolutely unacceptable" and said his White House press pass would be suspended "until further notice".
"I think you could expect Democrats to take pieces of what they shut down and expose it publicly", a high-ranking Democratic policy adviser familiar with Pelosi's planning told Politico. The GOP's post-2010 majority of 24 seats was more than double the amount that Democrats are expected to possess from 2019 to 2021.
About as many said they were at least somewhat concerned about men not being given the opportunity to defend themselves against allegations of sexual misconduct.
In addition to his conversation with Pelosi, Trump called Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, as well as a number of candidates he backed during the race, the White House said.
Joe Biden to be the Democrat Nominee for 2020: into 5/1 from 14/1.
In recent midterm elections when presidents faced a backlash from voters, the president accepted their brushback. And only twice in the past eight decades has the president's party picked up House seats in the midterms.
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"If that happens, we will do the same thing and government comes to a halt and I'll blame them", Trump told reporters.
Meanwhile, Democratic gains in Republican strongholds are widely interpreted as an impassioned rejection of Trump's agenda and style.
Out of curiosity, TIME gamed out what a presidential election would have looked like in 2018 if one were to replace votes for House candidates with votes for a presidential candidate of the same party. Finkenauer performed well in the district's urban counties, outpacing Blum's ability to make up the difference in more conservative areas. Republican women like Kristi Noem and Marsha Blackburn, on the other hand, made history but were reluctant to mention their gender on the campaign trail, preferring to focus on issues.
With midterms over, the attention of election forecasters now turns directly to 2020, when President Trump will presumably run for reelection against a Democrat who will not be selected for about a year-and-a-half.
Hate is created when people hear only negative allegations about the president from a media that is determined to not highlight any of his successes while ignoring the failures and shortcomings of key Democrats.
The Wall Street Journal in another article said Trump did not need to win the midterm elections as much as he needed to avoid disaster, something he achieved.
Trump's scorched-earth campaigning came to define the 2018 campaign.
Returning to his immigration-heavy 2016 playbook, Trump went on to unleash his full fury on a caravan of migrants slowly making their way to the southern border. Although Republicans Rick Scott and Mike DeWine won their senate and gubernatorial elections in Florida and Ohio, Democrats were triumphant in unseating Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and winning the governorships of MI and Pennsylvania.