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Trump Calls New Hampshire “Drug-Infested Den”

August 3, 2017

Nothing like a transcript of the things President Trump says to make news–embarrassing news.

President Trump boasted about his election victory, pressured his Mexican counterpart to remain quiet about a border wall and called New Hampshire a “drug-infested den” in a phone call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, according to a transcript of the conversation revealed on Thursday by The Washington Post.

The January 27 phone call with Peña Nieto came seven days after Trump entered office. In it, he focused mainly on issues of trade and immigration, with contentious moments coming in his insistence that Mexico will eventually pay for a wall along with US southern border. Peña Nieto has insisted publicly his country will not pay for the wall’s construction.

“You cannot say that to the press,” Trump said on the phone call.

Another transcript obtained by the Post reveals a tense January conversation with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in which Trump repeatedly scoffed at an Obama-era deal that called for the US to take in 1,250 of Australian refugees.

“This is going to kill me. I am the world’s greatest person that does not want to let people into the country,” Trump said, among other things.

Here are Trump’s key lines:

  • On “bad hombres”: “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. But they have to be knocked out and you have not done a good job of knocking them out.”
  • On the wall: “I have to have Mexico pay for the wall – I have to. I have been talking about it for a two year period, and the reason I say they are going to pay for the wall is because Mexico has made a fortune out of the stupidity of U.S. trade representatives.”
  • On Peña Nieto saying Mexico will not pay for the wall: “We cannot say that anymore because 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.”
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