Trump Announces His Drug Czar Nominee Has Withdrawn After Damaging Report
President Trump said on Twitter today that Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) has withdrawn from consideration to lead the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Rep.Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar. Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2017
Marino’s nomination has been subject to major scrutiny, ever since a Washington Post/60 Minutes joint report examined the congressman’s support for legislation which made it more difficult for the Drug Enforcement Administration to act against opioid-producing drug companies.
Even though the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act was supposed to protect pharmaceutical distributors, the report notes that it also reduced the DEA’s ability to stop shipments to suppliers who were suspected of providing opioids to drug addicts.
Trump was asked about this yesterday, and he defended Marino even as he said that the White House would review the situation.
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