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Trump is traveling to Nashville on Tuesday to raise campaign cash for Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the party's leading U.S. Senate hopeful in Tennessee, and headline a rally at 8 p.m. at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium with his most loyal supporters.

"They're more interested in taking care of criminals than they are in taking care of you", Trump said of Democrats as the crowd booed.

Speaking at a boisterous rally in Nashville, Mr. Trump criticized Democrat Phil Bredesen, a former two-term governor, as "very liberal". "And this is why we call the blood-thirsty MS-13 gang members exactly the name I used last week", Trump said.

President Trump slammed Democratic leaders at a Tennessee rally Tuesday night, labeling former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat in the running to replace retiring Sen. Corker once said Trump had turned the White House into an "adult day care center" and the president tweeted that Corker "couldn't get elected dog catcher in Tennessee".

Diving into the midterm elections, President Donald Trump is seeking to build a stable of Republicans who will help promote his agenda and serve as a check on Democrats aiming to win majorities in Congress.

"We're going to defend our borders, and we're going to fight crime", he said. Tennessee is considered a solidly Republican state, but it could provide an opportunity for Democrats to pick up a seat come November.

On his prized southern USA border wall - which he's struggled to get congressional funding for - Trump promised the crowd that "in the end Mexico's gonna pay for the wall", implying it would be done via renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). "Sincerely, Mexico (all of us)".

Tennessee has a history of electing centrist senators and the race could be complicated by Corker's up-and-down relationship with Trump.

Tuesday's rally at the same place drew a promise from Blackburn.

Trump remains popular in Tennessee after winning the state during his presidential campaign in 2016.

"You can say what you want, but I think border security and security in general is a great issue for the Republicans", Trump maintained.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed North Korea by phone on Monday and confirmed they would meet before an expected U.S.