Don't believe Pennsylvania Democrat is not a puppet

President Donald Trump listens during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington

Democrats nonetheless take heart that those candidates performed better in their districts than Hillary Clinton did against Trump in 2016.

The president also said that he personally asked the president of Singapore if the country has a drug problem.

It might be legally possible to make more drug-related offenses capital crimes in the US, but critics of harsher penalties for drug offenders point out that such a policy could backfire and worsen the epidemic. "We've got Donald Trump".

He derided past presidents as stiffs and lousy entertainers. "Is going to be 'Keep America Great, ' exclamation point", said Trump.

His announcement that he would impose import tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum came just days before Tuesday's election in a district that is home to scores of steelworkers. They munched on macaroni and cheese and pulled pork as Lamb emphasized the importance of preserving Medicare and Social Security - programs that help people maintain "basic dignity", he said.

"I don't know if that's popular", he said of the death penalty idea.

"I'd love to beat Oprah". "I would love it".

The race in the 18th Congressional District, between Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone, is by all accounts tight.

Lamb, a 33-year-old Marine veteran and former federal prosecutor, thanked labor unions for their support and said it has helped overcome the "dark money" and negative campaign tactics helping Saccone.

"We're doing everything that we need to do to get out the vote and inspire people", Saccone told reporters this week before a private event with representatives from the oil and gas industry.

For his part, Lamb has held the national party at arm's length, opposing sweeping gun restrictions, endorsing Trump's new steel tariffs, avoiding attacking the president and telling voters he wouldn't back Pelosi for speaker if Democrats won a House majority.

He also, after receiving some boos upon first mentioning Kim, the North Korean dictator, said he thought the North Koreans "want peace".

The visit is a politically risky one for Trump - Saccone has lost his early lead in the race as Democrats in the district, with an anti-Trump message, gained momentum. He retreated to fan favorites: reminiscing about his Electoral College victory, and saying that there is a "lot of evil in Washington" and that he is "getting it out".

Toward the end of his speech, Trump paused to note that his style is not very "presidential", arguing that his freewheeling approach is "much more effective". He said "Pocahontas" - his name for Sen. Elizabeth Warren with the slur "Pocahontas".

But Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, also appearing on Todd's show, brushed off Trump's vulgar language, including his description of Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, the ranking member of the House Committee on Financial Services, as a "low IQ" person.

"Other voters are drawn to Saccone purely because he's allied with Trump".

A 68-year-old retired engineer who described himself as a "John Kasich-Daddy Bush Republican", Bruce Bancroft said he always voted for Murphy, but finds Saccone too strident for the district and an already acrimonious Congress.

"I mean, it would be a tough go in a Republican primary", Flake said.