President Donald Trump points into the crowd during a campaign rally for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at Houston Toyota Center, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Latest: Trump Ramps Up Immigration Rhetoric In Texas

October 22, 2018 - 8:36 pm
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HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's campaign rally for Sen. Ted Cruz (all times local):

8:35 p.m.

President Donald Trump is ramping up his rhetoric about immigration ahead of the midterm election, casting Democrats of being soft on border security.

At a political rally in Houston, Trump shouted accusations against Democrats, saying without evidence that they were "encouraging millions of illegal aliens to break our laws, violate our borders and overwhelm our nation."

With just over two weeks left before the midterms, he says, Democrats have "launched an assault" on American sovereignty.

He was in Texas on Monday campaigning for GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, who once was an object of Trump's criticism. The president called him "Lyin' Ted" when they ran for the White House in 2016, but on Monday, they lauded each other and did some backslapping.

Cruz is running against Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke.

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7:15 p.m.

President Donald Trump says nobody helped him more to cut taxes and regulation than Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Trump said Monday at a political rally in Houston that Cruz has "become a really good friend of mine." Cruz is running for re-election in the midterms against Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke.

Trump spoke before a massive crowd on behalf of his onetime rival for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. During the campaign, Trump would frequently deride his former foe as "Lyin' Ted" but said in Texas that their relationship had come a long way.

Speaking before Trump took the stage, Cruz also made clear the conflict was behind them and that the two were working together. His biggest applause came when he predicted that "in 2020 Donald Trump will be overwhelming re-elected."

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7 p.m.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is predicting that President Donald Trump will win re-election in 2020.

Cruz spoke Monday before Trump took the stage at a rally in Houston to boost his Senate candidacy.

The president's appearance on behalf of his onetime rival for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination comes as Cruz faces a strong challenge from Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke.

Cruz told supporters that a vote in the midterm elections is a choice between Republicans and prosperity or Democrats and "Obama stagnation."

Supporters shouted "Build the Wall" when Cruz talked tough about illegal immigration and portrayed his opponent as being soft on immigration.

Cruz and Trump patted each other on the back when Trump came out onto the stage.

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3 p.m.

The "amoral bully" is ready to campaign for the "dishonest politician" as President Donald Trump holds a Houston rally for Sen. Ted Cruz.

The president's appearance on behalf of Cruz represents a once-unthinkable show of support for Trump's onetime rival for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and comes as Cruz faces a strong challenge from Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke. Trump would frequently deride his former foe as "Lyin' Ted" but he told reporters on his way to Texas that their relationship had come a long way.

Trump says: "He's not Lyin' Ted anymore. He's Beautiful Ted."

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