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Trump Lashes Out at Media Asking About His Divisive Rhetoric, Calls Mixed Midterm Results a Win

A day after his party lost the House but won seats in the Senate, President Donald Trump lashed out at members of the media who asked him about his campaign tactics in an extraordinary news conference at the White House.

Trump began the news conference Wednesday by casting the results of Tuesday’s midterm elections in a positive light for his administration, but erupted when CNN’s Jim Acosta and NBC’s Peter Alexander asked him about divisive rhetoric he used in the campaign — he characterized a group of migrants hoping to apply for asylum in the U.S. as an “invasion” and cast Democrats as fearsome.

During the exchange, a White House staffer tried to take a microphone from Acosta. Trump repeatedly harangued reporters asking questions during the roughly 90-minute news conference.

With the loss of the Republican majority in the House, Trump is facing the prospect of endless House investigations, stymied policy efforts and fresh questions about the resilience of his unorthodox political coalition.

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