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During a speech introducing the White House's latest strategy to combat the opioid epidemic, President Donald Trump called for building the border wall with Mexico to "keep the damn drugs out."

Speaking in Manchester, New Hampshire, which has been heavily impacted by the opioid deaths in recent years, Trump laid out several ways to fight the epidemic.

There, in the state's largest city, drug overdoses were up 23 percent through the first two months of the year versus 2018, according to WMUR.

At the same time, the outlet reported that overdose deaths were down 27 percent.

Trump said 90 percent of illicit drugs come into the United States via the Mexican border.

"Eventually the Democrats will agree with us and we'll build the wall to keep the damn drugs out," he said.

Trump praised Gov. Chris Sununu (R-N.H.) and his father, former Gov. John Sununu (R-N.H.), for their proactive stance on the war on drugs.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who created a task force last month to investigate opioid distributors, beamed as Trump reiterated his call for border security and prosecution of drug dealers.

Trump said Democrats are tying DACA renewal to the wall construction to present the latter as an unpopular directive, despite the fact many Republicans support both securing the border and dealing with illegal immigrants who arrived in the States as children..

"[Democrats] want to keep DACA for the campaign [season] instead of getting it approved," Trump said, pledging to help Republicans in turn use Democratic inaction as a campaign tenet.

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