Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said President Trump owes New Hampshire an apology after a Washington Post report revealed that the president called New Hampshire "a drug-infested den" in a private call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.
It’s 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
The private phone call took place on January 27. The two presidents discussed illegal drug distribution and funding for Trump's proposed wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.
President Trump threatened to cut off contact with the Mexican President President Enrique Peña Nieto if he continued to make defiant statements about Trump's proposed border wall, The Washington Post reported.
The Post obtained a transcript of Trump's private phone call with Nieto on Jan. 27. The transcript revealed the tense conversation the two presidents had about the border wall. In the call, Trump also lamented the trade deficit with Mexico and the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
"We have the drug lords in Mexico that are knocking the hell out of our country. They are sending drugs to Chicago, Los Angeles, and to New York," Trump said.
"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 added. "I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den."
Trump criticized the Mexican president for not cracking down on illegal drug distribution in Mexico.
"You have some pretty tough hombres in Mexico that you may need help with, and we are willing to help you with that big-league," Trump said. "But they have to be knocked out and you have not done a good job of knocking them out."
President Trump went on to discuss the funding of the border wall.
“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,” Trump said.
"The funding will work out in the formula somehow,” Trump said. “It will come out in the wash, and that is okay.”
Trump described the border wall in the phone call as “the least important thing we are talking about, but politically this might be the most important.”
The President's promise to build a wall was a key component in his presidential campaign. In May, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney announced a budget plan to build the wall for $1.6 billion, with $2.6 billion for border security.
"We take this very seriously. Why? There's a certain message here," Mulvaney said. "And the message is from the President to the Congress saying, 'Here's what my priorities are. One of the big ticket items is I want more money for defense, I want more money for border security."
Before ending the call with Nieto, Trump commented on one of his conversations he had earlier with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Putin was a pleasant call,” Trump said.
He then told Nieto. “This is ridiculous.”