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Trump brings up death penalty for drug dealers

Trump brings up death penalty for drug dealers”

The summit was meant to "highlight the progress the Administration has made to combat drug demand and the opioid crisis", a White House official said in a statement.

Axios's Jonathan Swan characterized Trump's "America First" move on trade as "a giant "F you" to" Cohn, Mnuchin, Mattis, and the other members of the trade globalist wing of the White House.

The summit served as the public debut of President Trump's new drug czar, Jim Carroll, who's been named acting secretary of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and featured a who's who of Cabinet officials, including Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 42,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016, the past year with publicly available data.

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US President Donald Trump on Thursday advocated the death penalty for drug dealers, escalating his tough-on-crime rhetoric amid an opioid crisis that kills an estimated 200 Americans a day. Trump's first nominee was forced to withdraw. Besides administration officials, individuals affected by the crisis and nonprofit groups that focus on addiction and recovery also attended.

"We need strength against pushers and drug dealers", he said. "And, by the way, they have much less of a drug problem than we do". During the summit, President Trump said he had previously urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take legal action on behalf of the federal government against the companies. "And we're going to continue pushing forward on that front as well".

Speaking before to NPR before the start of the event, the nation's top doctor said he was a mission to raise awareness about the epidemic.

In an announcement earlier this week about a new opioid task force, the Department of Justice said it will file a statement of interest backing states and local entities in hundreds of lawsuits against drugmakers. "The administration has prioritized the issue and is implementing strategies around saving lives, lowering demand and lowering supply", said Adams.

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