Trump says he knew Republicans Moore, Gillespie would lose

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President Donald Trump listens people speak in support of Republican tax policy reform, during an event in the Grand Foyer of the White House, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Washington. Americans are painting a pessimistic view of the country and President Donald Trump as 2017 comes to a close. That’s according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The survey shows less than a quarter of Americans think Trump has made good on the pledges he made to voters while running for president. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he knew Republicans Roy Moore and Ed Gillespie would lose their elections, but that he still believes the GOP will “do well in 2018,” when control of Congress is at stake.

In an early morning tweet, Trump wrote: “I said Gillespie and Moore would lose (for very different reasons), and they did. I also predicted ‘I’ would win. Republicans will do well in 2018, very well!”

Trump initially had endorsed Luther Strange for Alabama’s Senate seat. But after Strange lost the GOP primary to Moore, Trump swung behind Moore. On election day, Trump wrongly predicted that voters would reject Moore’s Democratic rival: “The people of Alabama will do the right thing.”

Democrat Ralph Northam defeated Ed Gillespie in the Virginia gubernatorial race this fall.