WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump and conference leaders suddenly spoke life under a divided government, but spoke bipartisanship, but then bluntly clashed at the fault lines that still had to come. Trump threatened to go after house-democrats who were trying to investigate him, while deputy Nancy Pelosi said that her party would be "a check and balance" against the White House.
The day after the midterm elections, Washington recovered, Trump took a victory round at a raw press conference, with the Republican senate gaining distance from the loss of the House by the GOP. He said Wednesday that he was interested in working with House Democrats, but he was ready to respond if he felt that he was being treated badly.
As long as the Republicans have run both houses of the Congress, the Democrats are hampered by the introduction of significant probes from Trump and his government, and he made it clear that he expects the Senate to follow that course.
"They can play that game," he said about possible house-democratic investigations, "but we can play it better because we have a thing called the Senate of the United States."
On Capitol Hill, the Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said that Democrats should decide how much "intimidation" they want to take against Trump, while suggesting that there are limited opportunities to work on the other side of the aisle. And Pelosi, who is expected to run a second stint as a speaker when the Democrats take the majority of the House in January, said the party "has a responsibility to find a common base where we can." But she added: "Where we can not, we must stand our ground."
After interim elections that served as a referendum on the divisive presidency of Trump, the Congress and the White House counted Wednesday with expected Republican gains in the Senate and a Democratic turnaround of the House. The early positioning gave the first impression of how all parties will align calls for two parties with a hunger for the next two years.
President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, November 7, 2018. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Conversely, combative and conciliatory, Trump said that Democrats and Republicans should put aside partiality to work together. Trump said that he could work with Democrats on taxation, infrastructure and health care by saying that it could really be a nice, dual type of situation & # 39;
And Pelosi said at a news conference that had been delayed due to Trump's long comments, that she had worked productively with President George W. Bush when she gave a speech about taxes and other issues ten years ago, and she welcomed the opportunity to to do with Trump.
"We would like to cooperate so that our legislation is two-party," she said.
Yet Pelosi said that Democrats were not elected as "a rubber stamp" for Trump.
Some Democrats of the House have threatened to use the summons power they will receive in January to investigate Trump and administrative actions. But he warned, he will respond in kind and the government will suffer.
Moreover, he said: Democrats have "nothing, zero" against him. From the Russian investigation of the special council that overshadowed his administration for more than 18 months, Trump said: "I could end it now" but "I let it go on."
Shortly afterwards, however, it was announced that Prosecutor General Jeff Sessions was forced out. His departure followed 18 months of criticism and insults from Trump, who had appointed him, but resisted the fact that Sessions had to step next to the Russian probe instead of sending. The.
On the potential for home research, Pelosi said that Democrats will have a "responsibility for oversight" when they take the lead in January and leave the final decisions to committees. She would not answer the question of whether Democrats will seek Trump's tax returns, but said that requests from the committee for documents and interrogations will not be "scattershot".
Democrats are expected to investigate Trump's business transactions, the conduct of his cabinet and the possible links of his campaign with Russia, among other things.
"We will know what we are doing and we will do well," she said.
Pelosi spoke with Trump and McConnell after the victory of the Democrats. McConnell said Wednesday that the two had discussed how they could "find a way forward" in a divided conference.
He and Pelosi, the Kentucky senator, said, "are not unknown" to each other as old leaders and colleagues.
Regarding the actions of Congress for the remainder of this year, he said he could not imagine introducing immigration and acknowledged that the Democratic House and the Republican Senate would probably go their own way when it comes to the legislative agenda.
"The areas for legal agreement will be more limited," he said.
"The only issue that Leader Pelosi and I were discussing this morning, where possible could be a bilateral agreement, would be something about infrastructure, but there could be many other things," he said.
McConnell also repeated Trumps' warnings about investigations and said, "The Democrats in the House will have to decide how many presidential bullying they think is a good strategy."
Associate Press writer Eric Tucker contributed to this report.
House Leader, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Speaks at a press conference at Capitol Hill, Washington, Wednesday, November 7, 2018. Pelosi says she is sure she will win enough support to be elected Speaker of the House next year and that she is the best person for the job. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Speaking to members of the media at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, November 7, 2018. (AP Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Donald Trump refers to CNN & # 39; s Jim Acosta at a press conference at the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, November 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Speaking at a press conference at Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday 7 November 2018. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)
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