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'Disgusting': NH Elected Officials Respond to Trump 'Drug-Infested' Remark

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By    |   Thursday, 03 Aug 2017 04:37 PM

President Donald Trump's post-inaugural phone boast that he won New Hampshire because it's a "drug-infested den" is an insult to the Granite State that could exact a political price, according to reports.

In a call between Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in January, the president lashed out at the foreign leader for the flood of illegal drugs coming into the United States from Mexico.

"We have a massive drug problem where kids are becoming addicted to drugs because the drugs are being sold for less money than candy," Trump said, a transcript of the conversation posted Thursday showed, adding: "I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den."

Trump won the GOP primary in the Granite State, but narrowly lost the state to Hillary Clinton in the general election. The Washington Post pointed out New Hampshire is a swing state, and though Trump won the 2016 election without it, he wouldn't want to discount it in a re-election bid.

"It’s disappointing his mischaracterization of this epidemic ignores the great things this state has to offer," GOP Gov. Chris Sununu, a Trump ally, said of the characterization, the Boston Globe reported.

The state's two Democratic senators were also ticked off — something that won't help Trump's frayed working relationship with Congress, the Post reported.

Sen. Maggie Hassan called the president's description of her state "disgusting" and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen tweeted that Trump owes the state an apology.

The Democratic National Committee also piled on, saying the comments prove Trump "looks at the opioid epidemic as a political advantage, rather than a national crisis that demands the attention and care of our President," CNN reported, referring to the president's creation of a commission on the opioid crisis, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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President Donald Trump's post-inaugural phone boast that he won New Hampshire because it's a "drug-infested den" is an insult to the Granite State that could exact a political price, according to reports.
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