WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will observe Tuesday’s election results from the White House, with his official schedule showing no public appearances.
“The President will spend today making phone calls, monitoring Congressional, Senate and Gubernatorial races across the country and meeting with his political team for real-time updates,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. “Later this evening the President and First Lady have invited family and friends to join them in the residence as they watch election returns.”
The lull in activity comes after the president spent 6 straight days on the campaign trail, where he held 11 rallies in 8 states in hopes of shoring up support for Republican candidates ahead of the midterms.
Democrats are largely favored to secure a majority in the House, while Republicans are expected to maintain control of the Senate.
Trump, however, has maintained a sense of optimism, citing the energy he has felt at rallies coming from his party’s base.
“There is a great electricity in the air like we haven’t seen, in my opinion, since the ’16 election. So, something’s happening,” Trump said before departing for his final campaign swing Monday. “I think we’re going to do very well.”
While voters may not be formally voting for the president, Trump has made it clear that the midterm election is, in many ways, a referendum on him — particularly when it comes to illegal immigration and his administration’s economic performance, two topics that the president has made the centerpieces of his closing argument.
“In a sense, I am on the ticket,” Trump said during a rally in Cleveland on Monday afternoon.