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Trump pledges to boost military, reduce heroin at Watertown rally

At a rally in Watertown Saturday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump touched on his familiar campaign promises to secure the borders and boost military funding.

Trump told an enthusiastic crowd that the flow of heroin and other illegal drugs into the country would end with his proposed wall along the Mexican border. Under his administration, Trump said Watertown will get jobs back and heroin out.

“We’re going to close up our borders," Trump said. "People are coming into the country, but they come in legally. You have a big drug problem, a big heroin problem. We’re going to end it, folks. We’re going to end it.”

While pointing at a Fort Drum soldier, Trump said the military has been decimated under President Barack Obama and that he would build it to record levels.

“We’re going to make it bigger, better and stronger than ever before," Trump said. "Nobody’s going to mess with us and we’re going to take care of our veterans because our veterans have been absolutely treated unfairly.”

Diane Moore said that’s why she’s considering voting for Trump.

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Protesters at the Donald Trump rally in Watertown hold up large cutout pictures of shrimp.

“We have a huge heroin problem in the north, with the lack of jobs perhaps," Moore said. "But, not racial sort of situations - it’s the drugs coming across that I’m very, very worried about.”

Trump’s presentation was briefly interrupted by a group of young protesters, who held up large cutout pictures of shrimp above their heads.

Payne Horning is a reporter and producer, primarily focusing on the city of Oswego and Oswego County. He has a passion for covering local politics and how it impacts the lives of everyday citizens. Originally from Iowa, Horning moved to Muncie, Indiana to study journalism, telecommunications and political science at Ball State University. While there, he worked as a reporter and substitute host at Indiana Public Radio. He also covered the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly for the statewide Indiana Public Broadcasting network.