"The president is wrong": New Hampshire leaders respond harshly to Trump calling the state a "drug-infested den"

New Hampshire's representatives — including its Republican governor — were quick to distance themselves from Trump

Published August 3, 2017 12:10PM (EDT)

 (Getty/Ron Sach-Pool)
(Getty/Ron Sach-Pool)

President Donald Trump's phone conversations with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull from his first week in office — were leaked on Thursday, showing that the president had a less-than-firm grasp on policy on politics. But one of the most eye-popping statements has New Hampshire officials rather upset.

During a phone call with Mexico's president, Trump called New Hampshire a "drug-infested den," referring to the heroin problem affecting the state.

Trump's remarks were called "a gross misrepresentation" of the state and the opioid epidemic by Democratic Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan.


"The president is wrong," Gov. John Sununu said in an official statement. "It's disappointing his mischaracterization of this epidemic ignores the great things this state has to offer." 

It's unlikely that Trump will make an apology to the "live-free-or-die" state and instead threaten the leakers in the White House. 




By Michael Glassman

Michael Glassman is on Salon’s Breaking News team. You can find him on Twitter at @warnkemg

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