International desk: President Donald Trump has hailed a “Big Victory” in US mid-term elections which saw Democrats seize of the House of Representatives but Republicans consolidate their grip on the Senate.
The Democratic majority in the lower chamber will be in a position to block Mr Trump’s legislative programme. But controlling the Senate ensures Mr Trump can still make key appointments, reports BBC.
The vote was seen as a referendum on the president, even though he is not up for re-election till 2020. The result confirms a historical trend for the party that is not in the White House to make gains in the mid-terms.
But despite the losses in the House, Republicans could point to an increased majority in the Senate. Early on Wednesday, Mr Trump tweeted that he had been congratulated by supporters across the US and beyond.