The president’s focus nearing mid-terms

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It’s officially November and the midterm election is now just five days away.  

President Donald Trump is in the final campaign push for Republicans.  He’s betting that voters will go to the polls in support of his policies on illegal immigration and crime.  

Democrats are accusing the president of stoking fears and painting a group of impoverished migrants from Central America as dangerous criminals.  

In the final push towards Election Day, Trump says he’ll send three times the US military personnel currently in Iraq to the southern border.  “We’ll do up to anywhere between 10 and 15,000 military personnel.”

In an exclusive interview, ABC’s Jon Karl asked him about that number.  Trump says, “It’s very important. We have to have a wall of people… You have caravans coming up that look a lot larger than it’s reported actually. I’m pretty good at estimating crowd size.”

The president has been campaigning on illegal immigration.  Democrats have decried President Trump’s tactics. 

Andrew Gillum says, “instead of tamping down on that kind of derisive and divisive and dangerous rhetoric, he’s sitting around here stoking it.”

Trump says he’s keeping a campaign promise to tell the truth, “When I can, I tell the truth. And sometimes, it turns out to be where something happens that’s different or there’s a change, but I always like to be truthful.”  

The president also insists he can eliminate birthright citizenship, enshrined in the constitution, by executive order; sparring publicly with Republican Speaker Paul Ryan, who says that’s not possible.

–Lana Zak, ABC News

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