On Thursday morning, The Washington Post obtained and published the transcript of a heated phone call between President Trump and Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto.
The phone call took place in January, and President Trump called New Hampshire “a drug infested den.”
Trump ripped Nieto over the flow of illegal drugs coming into the United States from Mexico.
Trump stated, “We have a massive drug problem where kids are becoming addicted to drugs because the drugs are being sold for less money than candy,” the president said. “I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den.”
President Trump won the presidential primary in New Hampshire, yet Hillary Clinton won the general election in New Hampshire.
In response, Nieto said, “drug trafficking in Mexico is largely supported by the illegal amounts of money and weapons coming from the United States.”
During Trump’s campaign, he often spoke about the drug crisis that the United States is in. New Hampshire, in specific.
We do not often see a President, although, who is willing to make such a generalization about an entire state. There are obviously people in the state of New Hampshire who do have drug problems.
Trump’s comments sparked a heated reaction among New Hampshire’s elected officials, as you might assume.
Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), took to Twitter to express her thoughts. She tweeted, “As he knows, New Hampshire and states across America have a substance misuse crisis.”
She continued, “To date, @POTUS has proposed policies that would severely set back our efforts to combat this devastating epidemic,” she tweeted. “Instead of insulting people in the throes of addiction, @POTUS needs to work across party lines to actually stem the tide of this crisis.”
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) also weighed in his opinions in thoughts, tweeting, “Trump owes NH an apology and should follow through on his promise to Granite Staters to help end this crisis.”
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.) weighed in, “No, Mr. President, you’re wrong about NH — but you have failed to help up fight the opioid crisis.”
Trump’s heated conversation with Nieto was the result a build up of phone calls between the two.
Trump advised Nieto to stop saying that his government would not pay for the wall. He continued to blast Nieto over the U.S. trade deficit with Mexico.
If Nieto does not reverse his position on the wall, Trump has already threatened to cut off remittance payments.
For an another brief overview of the situation, check out the following video…
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Credit: The Hill