Washington Republicans of US President Trump held the senate to the congressional elections, but lost the house of deputies. Governing is now becoming more difficult for Trump. He tries it with a call to unity, but at the same time distributes itself hard again.
After the US Congress elections, President Donald Trump called on the Democrats to cooperate in view of the changed power relations in parliament. "It is now time for members of both parties to unite, to participate in part and to maintain the American economic miracle," Trump said on Wednesday at a press conference at the White House. He coupled his call for unity with a threat to the Democrats – and again sharply attacked the media and individual journalists.
Trump Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives to the Democrats in the Tuesday election, claiming their majority in the Senate, the other chamber of the American Parliament, but claiming it. You have 51 out of 100 seats as safe as before. There may be more, because except in Florida and Mississippi, the races in Arizona and Montana were still open on Wednesday.
The election was preceded by an intense campaign, sometimes reaching the limit of honesty. Above all, Trump had concentrated on the subject of migration and – without any evidence – painted stark scenarios of violent immigrants. He also tried to mobilize his supporters by portraying the Democrats as a real threat to the country. His opponents accused him of expanding social gaps and poisoning the political climate. Trump said he would like to strike a softer tone, but has no choice but to defend himself against violent attacks on his person.
Trump said that Republicans and Democrats could use the new constellation to advance together in the infrastructure or health care system. As an example of a possible non-partisan collaboration, Trump also cited environmental policy or the wall he was striving for on the border with Mexico. "I want this wall," he said. "We need this wall." He will fight for it and now wants to see what is possible here with the Democrats.
Trump warned the Democrats at the same time, with their now-won majority in the room in the American parliament to institute an investigation against him and his government. The US president threatened investigations against the Democrats in the case of power games, among other things because of leaked confidential information in the Senate and said that he would then adopt a "militant attitude". "You can play this game, but we can play it better."
With their majority won in the House of Representatives, the Democrats were able to investigate Trump, including deposition procedures. Trump does not have to be afraid of such a procedure at the moment, because that would be in the senate and would have to be decided by a two-thirds majority. The Democrats could permanently involve Trump and his main employees in unpleasant tasks. It is also possible that studies for Trump might bring unpleasant results to light. His rule would be more difficult.
Among other things, the Democrats long in vain called that Trump publish his tax returns. The question of whether Trump's election campaign in the 2016 election campaign had made secret agreements with Russia has not yet been fully clarified. This is also a report from the FBI Special Investigator, Robert Mueller. Trump speaks of a "witch hunt".
He judged the election results – despite the losses in the House of Representatives – as a historic victory for himself and his Republicans. His party had won this victory, although the Democrats had a financial advantage thanks to generous donations in the election campaign. Moreover, in the election campaign the Republicans had to deal with a very "hostile media coverage".
During the press conference at the White House another scandal broke out: Trump launched an open argument with CNN reporter Jim Acosta on the open stage. "You are a terrible, outrageous person," the president snapped at the reporter who was known in the US. CNN must be ashamed to hire someone like Acosta. The reporter had asked questions about the ongoing investigations in Russia. On several occasions, Trump also called other journalists to keep their mouth shut. Almost two years ago, Trump had collided with Acosta in New York before his inauguration, because he did not like his questions.
The interim elections are traditionally an arrangement with the party of the president. Because the losses of the Republicans were relatively moderate. Open on Wednesday were the senate races in Florida, Arizona, Montana and Mississippi. In Mississippi, a rounding off will take place on 27 November because none of the candidates has achieved a majority. In the other states, Republican candidates were just ahead of the game, but the numbers were too short to reach an end result. In Florida, Democratic Senator, Bill Nelson demanded a recount of votes on Monday. Most recently, Rick Scott, the Republican challenger, was a slim leader.
The election participation in the interim elections has risen considerably compared to the vote of four years ago. The CNN reported that 113 million people had voted – a percentage of about 48 percent. In the midterm elections four years ago, only about 83 million American citizens voted, representing a share of almost 37 percent.
In the Senate, the conditions for the Republicans had been favorable, as only 35 of the 100 posts were for election – and most had to be defended by Democrats. In addition, all 435 seats were granted in the House of Representatives. It is predicted that it will be as many women as never before. In the calculation of the channel CNN 96 women in this room of the Parliament. According to the research department of the US Congress, the previous women's record was 85 in the years 2015 to 2017.
Abroad, political and business leaders have said that Trump continues to follow suit despite the loss of power in the House of Representatives. "It would be a mistake to now make course corrections by Donald Trump," two-wing minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas. The Kremlin also does not expect any major changes, because Russia sees little prospect of relaxation between the two countries after the elections. The German economy is still struggling with headwinds from Washington.