WASHINGTON — Despite Democrats’ robust efficiency within the midterm elections, President Donald Trump still claims it used to be a “tremendous victory” for him and the Republican Party. 

Trump touted the truth that Republicans won seats within the Senate, a uncommon feat by means of the celebration occupying the White House all over a midterm, when requested concerning the election all over an interview on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace.

“But this was a historically big defeat in the House,” Wallace mentioned. “You lost in traditionally Republican suburbs, not only around liberal cities like Philadelphia and D.C. but also red-state big cities like Houston and Oklahoma City. You lost among suburban women. You lost among independents.”

In California, the lone last unsure House seat used to be received by means of a Democrat, Gil Cisneros, who beat the incumbent, Young Kim. R-California. In general, Democrats snapped up six House seats from the GOP within the state, together with a sweep of 4 seats in Orange County, which have been a Republican stronghold. 

“I won the Senate, and that’s historic too,” Trump responded. “That’s a tremendous victory.  Nobody talks about that. That’s a far greater victory than it is for the other side.”

Trump additionally focused on the Senate wins on Twitter the morning after the election. 

The president mentioned the Democrats did smartly as a result of “I wasn’t on the ballot.” 

Wallace identified that Trump had informed electorate to make the midterm election about him and to “pretend I’m on the ballot.” 

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“I have people that won’t vote unless I’m on the ballot, OK?” Trump mentioned. “And I wasn’t on the ballot.” 

The president mentioned that Republicans received in states the place he campaigned and held rallies, specifically touting Republican victories in Florida, Georgia and Ohio. 

“I won against President Obama and Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama in a great state called Georgia for the governor,” he mentioned. Trump mentioned “it was all stacked against” Republican Brian Kemp in that race, although the state has no longer elected a Democratic governor since 1998 and that he used to be working in opposition to an African-American girl in a state that hasn’t ever elected an African-American governor. 

According to CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller, it used to be the 40th interview Trump has finished with Fox News since taking place of business in comparison to 3 with ABC, 4 with CBS, five with NBC and none with CNN. 

Other highlights from the in depth Wallace-Trump interview (which used to be taped Friday however aired in complete on Sunday): 

Where does Trump rank his presidency? 

“I would give myself an A+. Is that enough? Can I go higher than that?”

On reviews that North Korea is construction new missile checking out websites: 

“Maybe they are, maybe they’re not. I don’t believe that, I don’t.”  

Does he ‘be troubled’ and ‘2nd bet’ over tricky presidential calls? 

“I don’t think about it,” he mentioned. “I don’t think about, you know, how I make them. I make what I consider the right decision,” 

Did he know Matthew Whittaker used to be a critic of particular recommend Robert Mueller’s investigation when he appointed him performing lawyer basic? 

“I did not know that. I did not know he took views on the Mueller investigation as such.” 

The president mentioned Whitaker’s previous statements – together with that the Russians didn’t meddle within the 2016 election, that the Trump marketing campaign didn’t collude with any Russians and that Mueller’s investigation might be killed by means of reducing off its budget – “really can be viewed either way,” even if he didn’t elaborate on how else they may be able to be interpreted. 

Will he do a sit-down interview with Mueller? 

“I think we’ve wasted enough time on this witch hunt and the answer is probably, we’re finished,” he mentioned. 

On the tape recording of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s homicide 

“I don’t want to hear the tape, no reason for me to hear the tape,” he mentioned. “Because it’s a suffering tape, it’s a terrible tape. I’ve been fully briefed on it, there’s no reason for me to hear it.” 

Did Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman misinform Trump about Khashoggi’s homicide?

“Well, he told me that he had nothing to do with it,” Trump mentioned.”Will anybody really know?” 

Will John Kelly be on via 2020? 

In July, Trump indicated White House Chief of Staff John Kelly would keep at the task via his first time period. Now, the president appeared much less sure, telling Wallace “it could happen” however that there “are certain things that I don’t like that he does.” He didn’t specify what he used to be regarding. 

On Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen: 

“I’d like her to be much tougher on the border. Much tougher. Period.”



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