Trump claims he won New Hampshire because it’s a ‘drug-infested den’

President Donald Trump claimed in a phone conversation with Mexican President Pena Nieto that he won New Hampshire because it is a “drug-infested den,” according to a transcript released by The Washington Post.

“We have the drug lords in Mexico that are knocking the hell out of our country,” said Trump, according to the transcript of the Jan. 27 call between Trump and Pena Nieto.

In the transcript, Trump continued, “They are sending drugs to Chicago, Los Angeles and to New York. Up in New Hampshire — I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den — is coming from the southern border.”

He won New Hampshire’s Republican primary in 2016 and narrowly lost the state to Hillary Clinton in the general election. During his campaign, he often referred to the opioid epidemic striking communities across the country and the flow of illegal drugs from Mexico.

New Hampshire’s senators quickly denounced Trump’s reported characterization of the Granite State as “drug infested.”

Sen. Maggie Hassan, formerly the state’s governor, called Trump’s comment “disgusting.”

“As he knows, NH and states across America have a substance misuse crisis,” she tweeted. “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.”

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen asked Trump to issue an apology to New Hampshire. “It’s absolutely unacceptable for the President to be talking about New Hampshire in this way — a gross misrepresentation of New Hampshire & the epidemic.”

The state’s Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who is up for re-election next year, quickly rebuked Trump’s comment…

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