Trump witnessed hard-hitting opioid epidemic in NH prior to 'drug-infested den' comment, officials say
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Allegations that President Donald Trump called New Hampshire a "drug-infested den" caused a stir with the state's government, but the Office of National Drug Control Policy said Trump has witnessed the hard-hitting opioid epidemic in the Granite State.
The Washington Post reported that Trump made the controversial comment during his first White House call with Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto when he discussed the drug crisis and the flow of illegal drugs into the United States from Mexico.
Governor Chris Sununu and the New Hampshire Congressional Delegation showed their disapproval for this comment, calling it an insult and a "gross misrepresentation of NH." However, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is a component of the Executive Office of the President, said Trump has seen the opioid epidemic in the Granite State.
“This epidemic has hit New Hampshire harder than many other states and the President saw this on the campaign trail when he met parents and visited communities devastated by opioid addiction,” the Office of National Drug Control Policy told NH1 News. “This is why he’s made addressing the opioid epidemic a top priority. We’re going to keep working hard to turn this crisis around in New Hampshire and across the country.”
On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department will dispatch 12 federal prosecutors to cities ravaged by addition.
This investigation will focus exclusively on investigating health care fraud and opioid scams that are fueling the nation's drug abuse epidemic, Sessions added.
The prosecutors will be based in U.S. attorney's offices in the Middle District of Florida; the Eastern District of Michigan; the Northern District of Alabama; the Eastern District of Tennessee; Nevada; the Eastern District of Kentucky; Maryland; the Western District of Pennsylvania; the Southern District of Ohio; the Eastern District of California; the Middle District of North Carolina; and the Southern District of West Virginia.