Despite warning signs, US President vows Republicans can keep House
WASHINGTON (Reuters) : Regardless of signs that Democrats are in a strong position, U.S. President Donald Trump declared to beat expectations and keep the House of Representatives in Republican control in the mid-term elections in November.
While talking at a National Republican Congressional Committee dinner in Washington, he said that we are going to defy predictions once again and we will keep the House majority.
Whether the party can make good on Trump’s prediction is not clear as Republicans face headwinds holding onto control the House. Democrats, riding a wave of angst about Trump’s presidency, hold an enthusiasm edge in public opinion polls.
A Democratic win in a special election last week for a House seat was seen as a referendum on Trump’s performance and an ominous sign for the November elections. Trump had won the congressional district by almost 20 percentage points in 2016.
A loss of one or both houses of Congress would spell trouble for Trump’s America First agenda by forcing him into greater compromises with Democrats.
Trump said Republicans can beat the odds by embracing his policies. He said they should promote the tax cuts that he helped steer through Congress in December and embrace his tough immigration message.