Trump preaches love, makes threats after midterms

Cebu Daily News - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON, United States – An up­beat Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Wed­nes­day promised a post-elec­tions era of “love” in Wash­ing­ton, say­ing he can work with op­po­si­tion Democrats in a newly di­vided Congress, yet warn­ing the gloves could come back off at any time.

In a first in­di­ca­tion of how con­fi­dent he feels after Tues­day’s leg­isla­tive polls, Trump fired his at­tor­ney general, im­me­di­ately rais­ing ques­tions over the in­tegrity of a bomb­shell probe into whether Rus­sia col­luded with his 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion cam­paign.

But on the day after his Repub­li­cans l ost the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the first time in eight years — while tight­en­ing their grip on the Se­nate — Trump fo­cused his main mes­sage on unity.

“The elec­tion is over, every­body is in love,” he told a free­wheel­ing press con­fer­ence at the White House.

Trump cast the re­sult as a vic­tory, es­pe­cially for him­self, say­ing that his per­sonal in­ter­ven­tions in the midterm cam­paign had saved nu­mer­ous Repub­li­cans from de­feat, while those who “didn’t want the em­brace” failed.

At the same time, he was ea­ger to pro­ject a softer image after hav­ing been widely ac­cused of go­ing too far with at­tacks on “evil” po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents and a never ma­te­ri­al­iz­ing “in­va­sion” of il­le­gal im­mi­grants.

Trump said he “would love to have a very even, mod­est, bor­ing tone.”

And he pre­dicted that the Repub­li­cans’ loss of the House to the Democrats would ac­tu­ally en­cour­age co­op­er­a­tion i n Wash­ing­ton, rather than herald com­plete grid­lock.

“I would love to see unity, peace, love, and any other word you want to use,” he said. “Ob­vi­ously I think that we had to… wait un­til the midterms were over. Now they are.”

“It re­ally could be a beau­ti­ful bi­par­ti­san type of sit­u­a­tion.”

Trump’s peace over­ture to the same Democrats he has spent the last weeks vil­i­fy­ing came after the likely new speaker in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Nancy Pelosi, also reached out.

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