Trump Press Conference: 5 Standout Moments as President Bullies Republicans, Spars With Media and Threatens 'War-Like Posture'

During an extraordinary press conference lasting nearly an hour and a half on Wednesday—the first appearance President Donald Trump made since Tuesday night's midterm elections—no topic of discussion was off the table for the president.

Excluding himself from any blame, the president appeared to bully his own party for losing the House while he threatened to take a "war-like posture" against the Democratic Party should they use their newfound congressional power to investigate his administration. Trump, staying consistent with his usual remarks regarding members of the press, levied personal insults against reporters who asked tough questions.

Blame the GOP

The president, early in his remarks, said the media and retiring GOP lawmakers were to blame for the Republican Party losing the House to the Democrats.

"Candidates who embraced our message of lower taxes, low regulation, low crime, strong borders and great judges excelled last night," Trump said. "You had some that decided to say, 'Let's stay away.' They did very poorly. I'm not sure if I should be happy or sad, but I feel just fine about it."

No Love

Trump also mocked the Republicans who shied away from him on the campaign trail, referring to GOP candidates who distanced themselves from the president and failed to embrace both him and his administration.

Referring to incumbent Congresswoman Mia Love of Utah's 4th Congressional District, Trump said she "gave me no love."

"And she lost," Trump said. "Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia."

"War-Like Posture"

With the Democrats now in control of the House, the Democratic Party will be able to conduct various congressional investigations and subpoena witnesses as it pleases. Many probes are likely to be about Trump's businesses, his tax returns and former and current policies that, in the Democrats' eyes, have gone horribly wrong. Trump said that, should the Democrats conduct such investigations, he would take a "war-like posture" and have Republicans in the Senate conduct similar investigations of Democrats.

"CNN Should Be Ashamed of Themselves Having You Work for Them"

In multiple back-and-forth spats with reporters, including CNN's Jim Acosta, who Trump said was a "rude, terrible person," the president denied that his own divisive, racially charged rhetoric throughout the campaign trail had anything to do with recent violent events that have occurred throughout the country.

After Peter Alexander defends Acosta, Trump turns on him too: "I'm not a big fan of yours either, to be honest."

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 7, 2018

He accused a PBS reporter of asking a "racist question" after she questioned whether he was concerned that his rhetoric, including when he called himself a "nationalist," could be emboldening white nationalists.

No Regrets

Asked multiple times about his past few months on the campaign trail stumping for Republicans across the country, the president said he didn't regret any of his past comments. Critics of Trump have pointed to some of his divisive campaign rhetoric, including a racist, anti-immigrant TV ad that was dropped by CNN, NBC and even FOX, as further ratcheting up the political discourse in American politics.

"Do I regret it? I'm surprised you'd asked me that question," Trump said to a reporter. "I do not."

Asked whether he regrets controversial anti-immigration ad pulled by multiple outlets, Pres. Trump tells @jonkarl, "No. Do I regret it? I'm surprised you'd asked me that question. I do not."

— ABC News (@ABC) November 7, 2018