Trump set to deploy up to 15,000 troops to border

President Trump backs up his decision to send troops to the southern border and releases a controversial political ad. ABC News' Lana Zak reports.
3:00 | 11/01/18

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Transcript for Trump set to deploy up to 15,000 troops to border
We begin with the ABC news exclusive interview overnight one on one with president trump. Just days before the high stakes mid term elections this president is keeping immigration front and center announcing a deployment. Of now up to 151000. Troops to the border and revealing a controversial new campaign ad. Which critics are calling racist but perhaps the biggest headline this morning is how the president responded when we asked him whether he is always truthful. ABC's Limas act begins our coverage from Washington good morning want to. Good morning to you Lindy and Lindsay and candidates it's officially November that means we are five days away from the mid term election and president trump insists. He's not fear mongering. Even that he plans that major show of military force at the southern border. In the final push toward Election Day president trump says he'll send three times the number of US military personnel currently in Iraq to the southern border. Well go up new anywhere between ten and 151000. Good very first though in an exclusive interview ABC's John Karl asked the president about that number. Okay you're talking about 101000 maybe 151000. Active duty US military to the border more than we have fighting the Taliban and Afghanistan more than we have fighting crisis in Syria he really. You're gonna do that's very important we have to have a wall of people you have caravans coming up that look a lot larger than its reported actually mean I'm pretty good it. Estimating grabs as always he is deeply. Impoverished people fleeing violence many of them women and children gonna send 151000. Active duty US military mostly men and it's actually mostly young men and a lot of rough people lot of rough people. President drum has been campaigning on a legal immigration. I want policing this fear inspiring and they claims Democrats are complicit in the murder of Americans by illegal immigrants. Democrats have decrying president trumps tactics and instead. Tent camping gallon on that kind of I do wristed and divisive and dangerous rhetoric. He's sitting around here stoking the president was also asked about his when he sixteen campaign pledge. Tell the truth when I can I tell the truth image sometimes it turns out to be where something happens it's different or does it change but I always like to be truthful. And the president also insists that he can use executive order to repeal a birthright citizenship even though it's enshrined in the constitution. He's now sparring publicly with a Republican speaker Paul Ryan who says that's not possible. Lindsay Kenneth. Lana Zack in Washington thanks well.

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