New Hampshire's two Democrat senators on Thursday denounced President Trump's reported statements in which he called their state "a drug-infested den."
"@realDonaldTrump's comments about New Hampshire are disgusting. As he knows, NH and states across America have a substance misuse crisis," Sen. Maggie Hassan said.
"@RealDonaldTrump owes NH an apology & then should follow through on his promise to Granite Staters to help end this crisis," Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said.
On Thursday morning, the Washington Post reported a transcript of Trump's Jan. 27 call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. In the report, Trump said he won the Republican presidential primary in the New Hampshire because of its drug problems.
"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 according to the report. "I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den."
New Hampshire's Democratic senators fired back at the president on Twitter after the report was released.
"To date, @POTUS has proposed policies that would severely set back our efforts to combat this devastating epidemic," Hassan said. "Instead of insulting people in the throes of addiction, @POTUS needs to work across party lines to actually stem the tide of this crisis."
In 2015, more than 52,000 people died across the United States because of drug overdoses.
"It's absolutely unacceptable for the President to be talking about NH in this way – a gross misrepresentation of NH & the epidemic," Shaheen said.
Trump announced an opioid task force earlier this year designed to help fight the growing drug epidemic in the U.S.
Its absolutely unacceptable for the President to be talking about NH in this way a gross misrepresentation of NH & the epidemic 2/2— Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (@SenatorShaheen) August 3, 2017