Midterm elections 2018: How Donald Trump’s future as president uld be JEOPARDISED | World | News
THE MIDTERM election results are declared a “victory” for the Republicans by the President of the USA. But could Donald Trump’s future as president actually be jeopardised by the results?
The Republicans kept their grip on the Senate with 51 seats, after scoring victories in states including Indiana, Texas and North Dakota. But the Democrats managed to reclaim a hold on the House of Representatives with 220 seats being won out of the overall 435. This means Mr Trump’s future in office could be in danger, as the Democrats now have the means to hold the president to account and have their voice heard, rather than just sit and watch the administration unfold. But whether this actually happens is unknown, as only 58 Democrats voted in support of debating Trump’s impeachment last year.
Dr Evan Lawrence, who is a senior lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire in US politics, has also worked in Congress and has a background in international relations.
She believes removing Mr Trump from office would be “highly unlikely” given that the Republicans hold the majority in the Senate still and a two thirds vote would be needed.
Dr Lawrence told Express.co.uk: “With Democrats now holding a majority in the House, Trump will have to negotiate with them to pass all legislation – making the process far more difficult for him.
“The Democrats are also likely to launch their own investigations into Trump from inside the House, which means that any involvement with Russia, along with his tax returns, may soon be made public.
Midterm elections 2018: Donald Trump could be called to account by the Democrats in the House (Image: GETTY)
“For Trump to be impeached, the House would have to hold a trial and secure a simple majority vote. However, removing Trump from office would be decided by the Senate in a separate process.
“Not to mention, many of the Democratic leaders don’t support impeachment proceedings because realistically, there’s no benefit to them in doing so. Mike Pence would simply take Trump’s place and he has many of the same views and policy proposals.”
During a post- midterms results speech at the White House yesterday afternoon, Mr Trump warned it could be a "beautiful" partnership with the Democrats, as long as "no games" get in the way.
He said: "They've got nothing, they can play a game but we can play it bettter. Questionable things were done, such as leaks of classified information.
Midterm elections 2018: The Democrats were victorious in the House of Representatives (Image: GETTY)
Midterm elections 2018: Trump declared the results a "victory" during a post-results conference (Image: GETTY)
"If all you will do is back and forth, and we wont have done a thing. There's a lot of great things we can do together."
The US Constitution says the House of Representatives can impeach a president for “high crimes and misdemeanours” and Congress decides what constitutes them.
However, convicting and removing Mr Trump from office is the Senate’s job.
The Senate has remained Republican following the midterms.