Thousands attend WNC Trump rally

Donald Trump came back to the North Carolina mountains on Oct. 21, 2016, for a rally in the presidential battleground state. The Republican presidential nominee was slated to address a midday crowd in Fletcher at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

FLETCHER, N.C. -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump returned to the mountains on Friday. He held a rally at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher.

GALLERY | Donald Trump campaigns at the WNC Ag Center, 10-21-16

Thousands of supporters attended the event nearly 17 days out from the election.

Trump renewed his vow to either renegotiate trade deals with Mexico and Canada or scrap them.

Specifically, he told the crowd more manufacturing jobs would be brought to North Carolina.

Trump promised to create a new office under his administration, which would handle trade policy, called The American Desk.

According to Real Clear Politics latest polls, on average, show Trump trailing Clinton by about three points in North Carolina.

But, the polls did not seem to bother some of his supporters at the rally on Friday.

"I absolutely adore this man. He's my hero. He's not a politician as far as I'm concerned. And I know he's going to make this country great again," Leslie Roberts-Wykel said.

Also, Trump told supporters he still planned to cut taxes.

According to The Tax Policy Center, with interest, Trump's plan would add about $7.2 trillion to the national debt in the first decade.

But, Trump said, any increase would be offset by all the jobs he plans to help create if elected in November.

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