Donald Trump: 'I Just Hope That There Won't Be Violence' After Midterm Elections

Donald Trump told reporters that he hopes there won't be any "violence" after the upcoming midterm elections.

"I just hope there won't be any violence," Trump told the media on Wednesday, speaking about the upcoming midterm elections later this fall. The comment came after reporters asked the president what can be expected come November.

"I can tell you that because that's the way, I guess, if you look at what happens there's a lot of unnecessary violence all over the world but also in this country. And I don't want to see it," Trump added.

Earlier this week, Trump warned a group of Christian evangelical leaders that "violent people" intended to "violently" undo what his administration had accomplished for evangelicals during his time in office, according to NBC News. He also told the group that the upcoming midterm elections, when Democrats hope to regain control of the House of Representatives, is motivated by an unprecedented "level of hatred."

Trump's latest remarks on possible midterm violence came during a press conference at the White House on Wednesday, during which the president announced a federal grant to support drug-free communities across the country. The Drug-Free Communities program was created two decades ago to prevent youth drug abuse of alcohol, marijuana and prescription medications.

The grant will give $91 million in support of the initiative across 730 community groups in all 50 states, the president announced. Trump added that the federal government has never done anything "this large" or where they have reached out to "so many people" before.

Along with announcing the grant the president, along with Office of National Drug Control Policy's Deputy Director James Carroll, hosted a roundtable discussion with grant awardees and youth representatives at the White House. The grant is the latest action taken by the Trump administration to battle the country's opioid crisis.

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President Donald Trump speaks during an event to announce a grant for a Drug-Free Communities support program, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, on August 29. During the conference Trump said he hopes there’s no “violence” after the upcoming 2018 midterms. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

After the roundtable discussion, Trump took some questions from reporters in the room, touching on subjects like Hurricane Maria and the trading relationship between the United States and China.

Trump said that the he thinks "most of the people in Puerto Rico really appreciate what we've done." He added that the federal government has put a lot of "money and a lot of effort" into the island after the hurricane. Trump's remarks come days after the Puerto Rican government agreed with a new study finding that the total death toll due to the storm was nearly 3,000—making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in American history.

In response to the country's ongoing trade negotiations with China, including the $16 billion tariffs the countries imposed upon each other last week, Trump said that its part of "straightening" out the economy after years of unfair treatment in global trade. He added that he does not think that the trade war will cost him anything among his base of Republican voters, who are seeing the most side effects from his actions.

"I do nothing for the polls," Trump also said during the press conference. "I do it to do what's right. I'm here for an extended period of time. I'm here for a period, it's a very important period of time, and we are straightening out this country."

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