Trump: Gillespie 'Did Not Embrace Me or What I Stand For'

By Susan Jones | November 8, 2017 | 5:52am EST
President Trump speaks to South Korea's National Assembly on Nov. 8. (Photo: Screen capture from video)

( - Before Election Day, President Donald Trump tweeted his support for Virginia Republican Ed Gillespie and even recorded a robocall, but it did no good. Gillespie lost the Virginia gubernatorial election by an 9-point margin on what turned out to be a very good night for Democrats.

Don't blame me, Trump tweeted from South Korea: "Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!"

Virginia has gone blue in each of the past three presidential elections, and Democrats have now won four of the past six Virginia gubernatorial elections.

(As predicted, New Jersey voters also elected a Democrat as their next governor.)

Democrat leaders, including Party chairman Tom Perez, said voters on Tuesday "rejected a Trump-Pence agenda that would take health care away from millions, cut taxes for millionaires and corporations at the expense of the middle class, and fuel bigotry and division at a time when our country needs unity."

On the other side of the world, President Trump gave a speech to South Korea's National Assembly as ballots here were being counted.

Trump congratulated South Korea on building itself into "one of the great nations of the world," and he also plugged his own administration:

The United States is going through something of a miracle itself. Our stock market is at an all-time high. Unemployment is at a 17-year low. We are defeating ISIS. We are strengthening our judiciary, including a brilliant Supreme Court justice, and on and on and on.

Currently stationed in the vicinity of this peninsula are the three largest aircraft carriers in the world, loaded to the maximum with magnificent F-35 and F-18 fighter jets.

In addition, we have nuclear submarines appropriately positioned. The United States under my administration is completely rebuilding its military and is spending hundreds of billions of dollars to the newest and finest military equipment anywhere in the world being built right now.

I want peace through strength.

We are helping the Republic of Korea far beyond what any other country has ever done. And in the end, we will work things out far better than anybody understands or can even appreciate.

I know that the Republic of Korea, which has become a tremendously successful nation, will be a faithful ally of the United States very long into the future.

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