Trump's final campaign stretch rattled by twin calamities

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When Donald Trump met with advisers about his plans for campaign appearances in the final weeks for the battle for control of the U.S. Congress, the president surprised them by insisting they add more events to an already-crowded schedule.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves during the “Our Pledge to America’s Workers” event at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 31, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

His strategy for the final stretch has been simple: Drive Republican turnout by focusing on an issue that appeals to his core supporters – illegal immigration – using as a foil a large group of Central American migrants making their way slowly through Mexico toward the U.S. border.

And he aimed to keep talking about how Democrats tried to block Brett Kavanaugh from ascending to the U.S. Supreme Court, plus economic gains in the country under his watch.

“This will be the election of the Kavanaughs and the caravans and law and order and tax cuts,”…



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