President Donald Trump addressed his victory over Democrat Doug Jones on Wednesday night, calling the election a “tremendous day” and a “terrible defeat.”
“I would like to thank everybody, everybody,” Trump said, to loud cheers from a roaring crowd at the Washington Hilton.
“I’m so proud of you, and I want to say thank you to you all.
It’s been an unbelievable day.”
Trump’s victory in Alabama marked a stunning upset for Democrats and an important win for Republicans in their quest to retake control of the U.S. Senate.
Jones defeated Republican Luther Strange in the GOP primary runoff, and Democrats have made clear they will pursue a rematch in the fall.
Jones, who is the first African-American to serve in the Alabama legislature since Reconstruction, said his win in Alabama is an opportunity to rebuild the party and restore the country to greatness.
He called for unity and said he would “continue to stand up for the common good” as he campaigned.
“Our country has become a bigger, better place,” he said.
“We will be a better country, and we will be stronger, for all of our citizens.”
A majority of Republicans, however, had hoped for a different outcome in the race for the Senate.
The president, a staunch critic of the political class, won by just a few thousand votes, and Republicans took control of both chambers.
The president said he is confident the country is headed in the right direction.
“I’m confident that the country’s in a better place than it was five years ago,” he told the crowd.
“The country is stronger than ever.”
Trump said he expects to get back to work after his inauguration on January 20, and said his first act as president will be to nominate judges to the federal appeals court.
“It’s going to be an amazing day for the country.
We are going to do everything we can to get it done,” he added.
Trump also addressed the ongoing FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, saying that “the Russia story is a total hoax.”
“We have nothing to do with Russia.
It doesn’t matter if it’s true or not,” Trump told reporters.”
This is a witch hunt and it is not working,” he continued.
“They’re not investigating anybody.
We’re not listening to anybody.”
The president also spoke about his former opponent, former Sen. Luther Strange, who won a runoff over him in the primary.
He called Strange “a very nice man,” and said the two will be “working together in the future.”
He added that he was confident the U.,S.
will win the 2020 presidential election and that he will be making a major announcement about his administration’s economic policy.
“You will see a lot of changes.
We will have a lot more flexibility, and it will be great,” Trump added.