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 TrumpTrump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees 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 CruzGroup aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Congress can stop the war on science MORE (Texas). Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida governor threatens Airbnb over West Bank settlements Florida governor announces sheriff's suspension over Parkland shooting DeSantis asks entire South Florida water management board to resign 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 HellerTrump’s shifting Cabinet to introduce new faces Trump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 Progressive strategist says changing demographics will help Dems MORE (R-Nev.) and GOP Senate nominees Patrick Morrisey (W.Va.), John James (Mich.) and Jim RenacciJames (Jim) B. RenacciGOP rep: If Mueller had found collusion, ‘investigation would have wrapped up very quickly’ House Ethics Committee extends probe into Renacci Sherrod Brown says he has 'no real timetable' for deciding on 2020 presidential run 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 SessionsTop 10 events of 2018 that shaped marijuana policy Washington braces for lengthy shutdown Lawmakers shrug off shutdown drama 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.