Trump Bizarrely Claims He Has a 'Solution' to Abortion that 'Nobody Else' Has — But Refuses to Say What That Is

"It’s a tough issue for the two sides," Donald Trump acknowledged. "There’s no question about that.”

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On Wednesday, November 7, President Donald J. Trump gave his first press conference following the 2018 midterms—which found Republicans increasing their majority in the United States Senate while losing at least 28 seats to Democrats in the House of Representatives. With Democrats having achieved a majority in the House, Trump will be facing a much different political landscape in 2019. And one of the issues that the president will be grappling with is abortion.

At the press conference, a reporter told Trump, “You have campaigned as a pro-life president. You have defended the rights of unborn children. You now have a divided Congress; it’s unlikely to pass pro-life bills. How are you going to push forward your pro-life agenda?”

Trump responded, “I’m just gonna push. I’ve been pushing. I’ve done a very good job too. They’re very happy with me, but it’s a tough issue for the two sides. There’s no question about that.”

The reporter responded, “But what are you going to do?” And Trump replied, “What am I going to do? I won’t be able to explain it to you because it is an issue that is a very divisive, polarizing issue. But there is a solution. I think I have that solution, and nobody else does. We’re going to be—we’re going to be working on that.”

Trump, however, didn’t offer any specifics and abruptly changed the subject by addressing another reporter.

On Twitter, Bloomberg News’ Steven Dennis responded to Trump’s vague comments on abortion, posting, “Trump says he thinks he has a solution to the abortion issue but won’t tell us now. OK!”

With Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee, Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, having been confirmed in October, abortion rights defenders fear that the High Court will overturn Roe v. Wade—the 1973 ruling that, in effect, made abortion legal nationwide in the U.S. Overturning Roe would not automatically constitute a national abortion ban, although it would end legal abortion in many Republican-controlled states.

Absent the overturn of Roe v. Wade, Republicans in Congress have been chipping away at abortion rights. But with the new Democratic majority, GOP-sponsored anti-abortion bills will be facing a major roadblock in the House of Representatives in 2019.  

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Alex Henderson is a news writer at AlterNet and veteran political journalist. His work has also appeared in Salon, Raw Story, Truthdig, National Memo, Philadelphia Weekly, Democratic Underground, L.A. Weekly, MintPress News and many other publications. Follow him on Twitter @alexvhenderson.