Jones: In 'gracious' call, Trump invited me to the White House

Jones: In 'gracious' call, Trump invited me to the White House
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Sen.-elect Doug Jones (D-Ala.) said Wednesday that he had "a very gracious" phone call with President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE, in which the president invited him to visit the White House and congratulated his campaign's victory.

“It was a very gracious call. I very much appreciate it. He congratulated me on the race that we won. He congratulated me and my staff on the manner in which we handled this campaign and went forward. And we talked about finding that common ground, to work together," Jones said during a news conference in Alabama.

Jones said he also received phone calls from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHillary Clinton: Voter suppression has led to 'crisis in democracy' in the US New York Times authors blame Kavanaugh correction on editing error: 'There was zero intent to mislead' The Hill's Morning Report - What is Trump's next move on Iran? MORE (R-Ky.), Senator Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE (D-N.Y.), Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbySenators struggle to get spending bills off ground as shutdown looms Congress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure Overnight Defense: Dems grill Trump Army, Air Force picks | House chair subpoenas Trump Afghanistan negotiator | Trump officials release military aid to Ukraine MORE (R-Ala.) and Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeGOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama The Hill's Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back MORE (R-Ala.), who is currently in the Senate seat as a special appointee.


“All very gracious, congratulating us on the way we have run this race, the way we portrayed ourself and the campaign, and all expressing a desire to look forward together to try to work for the betterment of the state of Alabama and this country,” Jones said.

“To do as we have said from the very beginning of this campaign, to try to find common ground so that we can move forward.”

Jones said he has yet to hear from his Republican opponent Roy Moore, whom he defeated on Tuesday, becoming the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Alabama in a quarter century.

The election dealt a blow to Trump, who endorsed Moore in the final weeks of the race and recorded a robocall for his campaign while many Republicans in Washington called for Moore to step out of the race. 

The president supported Moore despite numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against the Senate candidate, including that he had initiated sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl when he was in his 30s. Moore has denied allegations of inappropriate behavior.

Moore has yet to concede defeat to Jones, who led the Republican by more than 20,000 votes with all precincts reporting on Wednesday.

The senator-elect said he thinks the president believes Alabamians have spoken in casting their votes in the special election.

“And after elections, it's a time for healing. It's a time for reaching out. That's what I intend to do once I can be sworn in," Jones said.

"I think that as most people, including the president, believe that the people of Alabama spoke."

Updated: 4:50 p.m.