In a post-midterm election news conference, President Trump doubled down on his endorsement for presumptive House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Trump said in a tweet earlier Wednesday that Pelosi “deserves” to be House speaker, and even offered to help provide the votes. Many interpreted that as a tongue-in-cheek comment, but the president said that was not the case. 

"A lot of people thought I was being sarcastic or I was kidding. I wasn't," Trump said in the news conference.


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Trump reiterated that Pelosi "deserves" the speakership, calling her a "capable person" who has "fought long and hard."

"You have other people shooting at her, trying to take over the speakership," Trump said. "If she has a problem, I think I would very easily supply her the necessary votes."

He added that he believes he and Pelosi can work together -- along with other lawmakers on both sides of the aisle -- and "get a lot of things done."

In the race to replace Flake in the Senate, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally are locked in a race that remains too close to call. 


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