>> In 2006, George W Bush called it a thumping. In 2010, Barrack Obama called it a shellacking. But President Trump had a different take on Wednesday after his party lost control of the house of representatives.>> I think it was a great victory. I'll be honest. I think it was a great victory.
>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where Trump is avoiding the usual show of humility that's expected from presidents when the opposition wins the house. Instead, he's claiming vindication, taking credit for his party's gains in the Senate, and trashing Republican candidates who tried to distance themselves from him.>> And you had some that decided to let's stay away, let's stay away.
They did very poorly. I'm not sure that I should be happy or sad.>> Trump looking forward to new allies in the Senate after campaigning for Republicans like Marsha Blackburn, of Tennessee, and Josh Hawley, of Missouri. They're taking the place of lawmakers who have been a thorn in his side over the past two years.
From that perspective, the election was a success. Republicans are more unified than ever behind him. Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell agreeing that Trump was a big help in conservative rural states.>> He worked very hard and drew large crowds. And I think it clearly had a positive impact on the outcome.
>> Trump says he's willing to work with Democrats on infrastructure and prescription drug prices. But not if they start issuing subpoenas.>> But they can play that game, but we can play it better.>> Special Counsel Robert Mueller keeping a low profile in the weeks before the election as he investigates possible ties to Russia.
>> Many, many, millions of dollars has been spent. And there's no collusion.>> He's already won guilty pleas from several top aides, getting closer to the President.>> I'm fighting back for the people of this country.>> Republican voters were willing to overlook flaws in candidates who embraced Trump.
Duncan Hunter in California and Chris Collins of New York both reelected to Congress, even though they're both facing criminal charges. Steve King, in Iowa, also reelected, even though he was rebuked by party leaders for his ties to white supremacists. The Republican party, now more than ever, the party of Trump, the battle lines clearly drawn ahead of what is sure to be a difficult two years in Washington.