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REPORT: Donald Trump Is Lashing Out at Staff, Is Frustrated by Poor Performance of Republicans in the Midterm Elections

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press pool in the Oval Office of the White House on October 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ron Sachs - Pool/Getty Images)

On the evening of last week’s elections, President Donald Trump declared the 2018 midterms a big success for himself and his fellow Republicans, despite the fact that Democrats took back the House of Representatives.

He continued that narrative for the next day.

However as final results came in, and Democrats picked up more seats than originally projected, Trump’s Twitter feed went on the attack.

According to White House staff and members of the diplomatic corps for the US and allies, Trump went on the attack in person as well.

British Prime Minister Theresa May was one of the first allies to receive a dose of the President’s temper after the actual results of the midterm elections began to be seen by Trump and the world. In a call on board Air Force One, Trump reportedly berated May after she called to congratulate him on the 2018 midterms.

After declaring the midterms a success, the President was confronted with the fact the GOP barely held on to the Senate. Trump may still see a gain of a Republican seat or two, depending on a recount vote in the Florida race between Republican Rick Scott with Democrat incumbent Senator Bill Nelson and the outcome of a run-off in Mississippi.

So far, Democrats appear to have picked up 33 seats in the House of Representatives with 9 races still undecided as of Wednesday morning. Many of the new Dem seats went to women and minorities.

Trump’s track record with both groups is less than favorable.

In light of the real results of the midterm elections, sources at the White House expect major staff changes. One change already made was the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions the day after the 2018 midterms.

But the President received harsh criticism and pushback on his choice of interim replacement, Matthew Whitaker, adding to his current woes. Then during a trip to France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, Trump took several missteps leading to further criticism and rebuke on the world stage.

According to one senior White House official:

“He was frustrated with the trip. And he’s itching to make some changes. This is a week where things could get really dicey.”

Staff members described the President as sulky, brooding, angry and resentful during the 43 hours spent in France. The time included several outbursts directed at his staff over Trump’s decision to skip portions of the official international ceremonies due to weather.

On Twitter, Trump first attempted to blame the Secret Service for his failure to attend one key ceremony.

The White House later walked back the claim.

Trump also sparred with French President Emmanuel Macron with many in the United States declaring Macron the winner after his speech against nationalism, calling it the opposite of patriotism.

According to White House sources, Trump viewed the speech as a personal attack.

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