Democrats won the U.S. House.
Germany's foreign minister says the outcome of the US midterm elections means foreign policy will depend more on whether Republicans and Democrats can work together, but doesn't alter the changes in trans-Atlantic relations under President Donald Trump.
Senate Democrats were considering suing Trump, the sources said, on the grounds that, in naming Whitaker, the president ignored a statutory line of succession at the Justice Department and deprived senators of their constitutional "advice and consent" role on some presidential appointments.
The move comes after a series of signals that Democrats will work to secure Trump's tax returns, something the president has been resisting for years.
In the past 20 years, at least one party in midterm elections has taken control of the House or Senate from the other party.
Trump faced a fairly standard midterm correction, as presidents normally lose legislative seats in a midterm election. "Those that did not, say goodbye!" Trump said in a tweet that did not mention the loss of GOP control of the House. "Yesterday was such a very Big Win, and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!"
Trump was due to hold a news conference at 11:30 a.m. (1630 GMT) in the White House.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi received an unlikely show of support from President Trump Wednesday in her bid for speaker of the House.
The Kremlin said on Wednesday it saw no prospects for an improvement in relations following the elections.
By retaining the Senate and expanding their majority, Republicans have all but ensured that they will still have the final say on important confirmation votes for the next two years. "She has earned this great honor!"
Another potential headache for the president is the possibility that the Democrats might begin impeachment proceedings against him - though he couldn't actually be removed from office with Republicans still in control of the Senate. He claimed that Democrats - who made opposing him a centerpiece to their campaign - would, in fact, be eager to work with him on issues like infrastructure.
In locking down a majority, Democratic candidates flipped seats in several suburban districts outside Washington, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, Denver and Dallas that were considered prime targets for turnover because they were won by Hillary Clinton in 2016.
In Michigan, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer turned back Republican Bill Schuette in the contest to replace Republican Governor Rick Snyder, who could not run again due to term limits.
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On yet another scoreboard, Democrats managed to narrow the gap in governorships Tuesday, winning about half the 36 seats at stake on the day and narrowing the overall GOP advantage in the category from double-digits to just three. Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Republican Josh Hawley defeating Democratic Sen.
Democrats lost governor's races in Florida and Iowa that party operatives were feeling bullish about.
On Twitter, one of the president's preferred platforms for reaching supporters, Trump has echoed similar messages. And while House Democrats could push for a tougher approach towards Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation, they are unlikely to move the dial on his biggest agenda items: the trade conflict with China and hardline course with Iran.
China says the relationship between the world's two largest economies is so important that interests on both sides will continue pushing for cooperation regardless of the outcome of US elections. Among those expected were Trump's adult children, White House aides, Republican officials and presidential friends. "In the past two years, the balance in the partnership with the United States has shifted for the foreseeable future, and the election won't change anything about that either".
Though polls had suggested healthcare and the economy were main issues for voters, Trump was never far from voters' minds.
More than half of Florida voters, 51%, approve of the job Trump is doing as President, compared to 48% who do not. They have a very long list of topics they plan to look into, including financial deregulation, Trump's business interests and Russia's election interference.