WAPO: President Trump calls NH a 'drug-infested den' according to leaked, classified notes
Shortly after President Trump was sworn in, he had his first phone call with Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto. According to the Washington Post, all phone calls are monitored and transcripts of the phone call were based on records kept by White House notetakers. The notes were reviewed and classified by retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg Jr., who serves as chief of staff on the National Security Council.
In that phone call, the President and Peña Nieto discussed the border wall after Peña Nieto said Mexico won't pay for it. Trump responded saying, “if you are going to say that Mexico is not going to pay for the wall, then I do not want to meet with you guys anymore because I cannot live with that.”
The President continued, describing the wall as, "the least important thing we are talking about, but politically this might be the most important.”
In the transcripts, Trump discussed the drug crisis and the flow of illegal drugs 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. “I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den.”
Senator Jeanne Shaheen posted her disapproval about the President's comments on Twitter:
Senator Hassan also disapproved of Trump's comments on her Facebook page saying:
"Donald J. Trump's comments about New Hampshire are disgusting. As he knows, NH and states across America have a substance misuse crisis. To date, the President has proposed policies that would severely set back our efforts to combat this devastating epidemic. Instead of insulting people in the throes of addiction, the President needs to work across party lines to actually stem the tide of this crisis."
Congresswoman Annie Kuster also weighed in on Twitter:
Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter condemned the President's words about the Granite State posting on her Facebook page:
"No, Mr. President, you're wrong about New Hampshire - but you have failed to help us fight the opioid crisis. We need recovery facilities NOW. Stop attacking health care and make the investments you promised."
Republican Governor Chris Sununu released a statement:
“The President is wrong. It’s disappointing his mischaracterization of this epidemic ignores the great things this state has to offer.
Our administration inherited one of the worst health crises this state has ever experienced, but we are facing this challenge head on. We have doubled our resources to support prevention, treatment and recovery; dedicated millions to law enforcements (sic) efforts to keep drugs out of our state, increased the availability of naloxone, and are rebuilding our prevention programs for our kids.
We are already seeing positive signs of our efforts as overdoses and deaths are declining in key parts of the state. In spite of this crisis, New Hampshire remains the best place to live, work and raise a family.”
Trump lost New Hampshire's four electoral votes to Hillary Clinton in November's presidential election by about 2,700 votes. Trump did win the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary in February 2016.