Democrats win House in midterm polls in setback for Trump
Sayeed Muhammad of DOT : The Democrats have taken control of the US House of Representatives in the mid-term polls, after dealing a blow to President Donald Trump.
A Democratic majority in the lower chamber for the first time in eight years will restrict his ability to steer his programme through Congress, reports BBC.
However, Trump’s Republicans are set to strengthen their grip on the Senate with Tuesday’s vote deemed by many a referendum on a polarising president, even though he is not up for re-election till 2020.
The election confirms a historical trend for the party that is not in the White House to make gains in the mid-terms, for which Americans voted for all 435 seats in the House.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi – who is set to become speaker, a position she held between 2007 and 2011 – appreciated cheering supporters in Washington. She said: “Thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America.”
Meanwhile, Trump focused on the Senate, and praised himself by quoting a commentator.
The Democrats took control of the House, grabbing more than the 23 seats they need to take over the lower chamber of Congress.
The Democrats could now launch investigations into Trump’s administration and business affairs, from tax returns to potential conflicts of interest.
They could also more effectively block his legislative plans, notably his signature promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico.
But analysts say dealing with a hostile House may suit the president, who is known both for his partisan style and ability to switch positions. According tom them, Trump could either choose to accuse the Democrats of obstruction or try to reach deals to get legislation through.