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The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan under way in the South China Sea, August 2018.

Without sufficient hard power, the use of sanctions and other tools could result in increased threats to the homeland.

“We can only imagine what they’d do with legitimate power in our government,” Trump said. “We can’t hand Democrats the keys to Congress. We can’t go back.”

Democrats’ path to ruin in 2020: Subpoenas, investigations, even possible impeachment talks

Although the exact size of the parties' respective majorities in the House and Senate is not clear, Democrats will soon have to decide whether to restore Nancy Pelosi to her old job as speaker of the House, which she held from 2007 to 2011.

Democrats retake control of House, Republicans hold Senate majority as midterms leave power split in Washington.