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Better Trade, More Jobs Promised By Trump At B-N Stop

A protester tears up a Trump poster at Donald Trump's campaign rally in Bloomington

A protester tears up a Trump poster toward the end of Donald Trump's campaign rally in Bloomington. WGLT

Hours away from the Illinois primary, the campaign's most high-profile presidential candidate stopped off in the Twin Cities. Republican front-runner Donald Trump  made a campaign stop at an airline hangar at the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington.

Trump talked about businesses leaving Illinois, but didn't mention Mitsubishi. The Japan-based company is closing its auto production plant in Normal. He did mention another company, which announced last month it was moving jobs to Monterey, Mexico from Indiana.

"You saw what happened to Carrier air conditioner," he said. "1,400 jobs bye-bye, 'we're moving to Mexico.'"  Trump mentioned the U.S. trade deficit and said he would fix it, but didn't mention how, except to say he would make use of Wall Street lobbyists, instead of diplomats to negotiate with other countries.

"To be a free-trader, you need smart people on our side too, negotiating. And we don't have those people, we're not using those people. But, we'll start."

While the New York businessman highlighted the civility shown during last week's Republican debate, he included disparaging remarks about his remaining opponents Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich. As for the Ohio Governor, Trump criticized him for supporting NAFTA in Congress and for currently backing the Trans Pacific Partnership.

There were several protestors who interrupted Trump during his speech and police escorted them out of the venue, but no arrests made, according to Bloomington Police.