Many Americans may know New Hampshire as the Granite State or the “Live Free or Die” state, due to President Donald Trump’s trashing of New Hampshire as a “drug-infested den” in a telephone conversation with the president of Mexico.
Trump’s comment has already drawn a sharp rebuke from New Hampshirites. New Hampshire politicians criticized President Trump after a transcript of a phone call with the president of Mexico published on Thursday showed he called the state “a drug-infested den.”
The remark came during his comments on the drug trade, criminal gangs and how he said they affected the state, according to a transcript of the Jan. 27 call published by The Washington Post.
“The drug lords in Mexico are knocking the hell out of our country,” Mr. Trump told President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico.
“They are sending drugs to Chicago, Los Angeles and to New York,” Mr. Trump continued. “Up in New Hampshire — I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug infested den is coming from the southern border.”
Donald Trump’s reference to New Hampshire as a “drug-infested den” in a call with the Mexican president was “disgusting”, “wrong” and an example of “appalling … hate-filled rhetoric”, the state’s Democratic lawmakers and Republican governor said.
Senator Maggie Hassan said Trump’s remark was “disgusting”, adding: “As he knows, NH and states across America have a substance misuse crisis.
“To date, [Trump] has proposed policies that would severely set back our efforts to combat this devastating epidemic. Instead of insulting people in the throes of addiction, [Trump] needs to work across party lines to actually stem the tide of this crisis.”
The Republican governor of the state, Chris Sununu, said in a statement, “The president is wrong. It’s disappointing his characterization of this epidemic ignores the great things this state has to offer.” He went on to argue that “New Hampshire remains the best place to live, work, and raise a family.”
“Mr Trump’s comments underscore how little he appreciates the gravity of this issue and the need to work together collaboratively on real solutions. President Trump should immediately apologise to all Granite Staters.”