Thursday, September 20, 2018

Donald Trump’s pick for drug czar has “withdrawn his name from consideration” after reports saying his actions had damaged the US’s efforts to counter a prescription painkiller epidemic, the President has said.

An expose by The Washington Post and CBS’ “60 Minutes” revealed that Republican Congressman Tom Marino had championed a bill that effectively handcuffed federal agents from pursuing pharmaceutical companies that flooded the country with addictive opioids.

On Monday, Mr Trump had promised to reverse his nomination of Mr Marino to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy if “it’s 1 percent negative to doing what we want to do.”

“As far as Tom Marino, so he was a very early supporter of mine, the great state of Pennsylvania. He’s a great guy,” Trump said during a Rose Garden news conference Monday afternoon. “I did see the report. We’re going to look into the report. We’re going to take it very seriously because we’re going to have a major announcement probably next week on the drug crisis and on the opioid massive problem, and I want to get that absolutely right… We’re going to be looking into Tom.”

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