>> Vote, vote, vote!>> With Democrats poised to make serious gains in the US midterm elections, Trump is trying to stir up his base, holding 11 rallies in less than one week, ratchteting up his anti-immigrant rhetoric. And bulking up the military presence at the US southern border. Trump on Wednesday, announcing that more could be on the way.
>> We have about 5,008, we'll go up to anywhere between 10,000 and 15,000 military personnel on top.>> Trump ordered troops to the Mexican border as a caravan of migrants makes its way north, though it's still months away from reaching the US. Republicans cheered the deployment, while critics say Trump is politicizing the military as a stunt to drive Republican voters to the polls, without any real national security threat.
Reuters White House correspondent, Jeff Mason.>> The president made this sort of announcement today about a week before the midterm elections. So the context of the timing in which he is talking about this is critical. But there is a question mark about whether it could backfire because most of the people in his base who support him are already excited about the immigration issue.
And if he starts talking, as he is now, about sending additional troops, and ending birthright citizenship that could help some people on the other side get motivated to come out and say, look, this is not the vision that we have for this country.>> And now all of a sudden, the baby's a United States Citizen.
>> On Wednesday, Trump also defended his vow to end birthright citizenship for children born in the US to non-citizen parents.>> I'd rather do it through congress because that's permanent. But I really believe we can do it through executive order. One other thing, if President Obama can get DACA approved, we can do this by executive order.
>> Though many argue the constitution doesn't allow it, including Paul Ryan. In a radio interview, Tuesday, the outgoing House Speaker said, quote, you cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order. Pointing out that it's protected by the 14th amendment of the US Constitution. Trump, Wednesday, shot back, tweeting that quote, Paul Ryan should focus on holding the majority rather than giving his opinions on birthright citizenship, something he knows nothing about.
Our new Republican majority will work on this. The fight with Ryan, some are seeing as his latest attempt to dominate the news cycle ahead of election day.>> He's picking a fight with a relatively popular member of Congress, albeit someone who is not running for reelection, and that distracts.
That distracts generally from his message as he's going into these final few days.