Trump: Candidates that did not embrace me can 'say goodbye'

Trump: Candidates that did not embrace me can 'say goodbye'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE suggested early Wednesday that Republican candidates who did not embrace him in the midterm elections lost as a result, calling the final outcome a "very Big Win" despite the GOP losing control of the House and several governorships.

"Those that worked with me in this incredible Midterm Election, embracing certain policies and principles, did very well. Those that did not, say goodbye!" Trump tweeted.

"Yesterday was such a very Big Win, and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!" he added.

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The president provided a boost in the closing days of the campaign for Republican candidates that emerged victorious in a handful of key Senate races, including Josh Hawley of Missouri, Mike Braun of Indiana and incumbent Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDemocrats sharpen case on second day of arguments What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial Democrats' impeachment case lands with a thud with GOP — but real audience is voters MORE (Texas). Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida Supreme Court rules convicted felons must pay fines, fees before voting Florida moves to purchase land to protect Everglades from oil drilling Top Latino group: Trump is about to hold a 'fake Christian campaign rally' MORE eked out a win in the gubernatorial race in Florida after Trump visited the state multiple times, and Republican Rick Scott appeared poised to win a Senate seat in the state as well.

However, several Trump-backed candidates were defeated on Tuesday, including Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerLobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play This week: Barr back in hot seat over Mueller report MORE (R-Nev.) and GOP Senate nominees Patrick Morrisey (W.Va.), John James (Mich.) and Jim RenacciJames (Jim) B. RenacciDemocrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 Medicare for All won't deliver what Democrats promise GOP rep: If Mueller had found collusion, 'investigation would have wrapped up very quickly' MORE (Ohio).

More than a dozen congressional and gubernatorial candidates Trump endorsed also lost their races, many of them incumbents. Among the casualties were Republican Reps. Rod Blum (Iowa), Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsTenth Congressional Black Caucus member backs Biden Giuliani held phone call with Maduro amid Venezuela crisis Texas GOP rep predicts heavy Democratic presence in state ahead of 2020 MORE (Texas), Dave Brat (Va.), Claudia Tenney (N.Y.), and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).

While several of those congressional candidates were defeated in suburban districts where voters were apparently disillusioned with Trump, some representatives lost districts Trump carried in 2016.

In a separate tweet early Wednesday, the president claimed he received "so many congratulations" on "our Big Victory," including from foreign allies. 

"Received so many Congratulations from so many on our Big Victory last night, including from foreign nations (friends) that were waiting me out, and hoping, on Trade Deals. Now we can all get back to work and get things done!" Trump tweeted.

It's unclear which foreign leaders, if any, contacted Trump as midterm results poured in.

The president has been buoyant in his tweets reacting to Tuesday's results, calling it a "tremendous success" despite GOP losses in the House.

With 23 races still not officially decided, Democrats have won 219 seats and Republicans have won 193, enough to secure a Democratic majority for the next two years. The House majority gives the party subpoena and investigatory power, posing potential headaches for the White House.

The GOP padded its Senate majority on Tuesday, picking up three seats with races in Arizona and Montana still too close to call. The additional GOP Senate seats could provide a cushion for Trump to get his Cabinet appointees and judicial nominees confirmed.

Trump said in a later tweet that he would be discussing "our success" in the midterms during a news conference on Wednesday morning.

— This report was updated at 7:43 a.m.