Reporting by James Oliphant; Writing by Tim Ahmann and Makini Brice; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Leslie Adler
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he would review a report that his nominee for drug czar championed a law that weakened the government’s ability to fight the country’s opioid epidemic, and said he could consider jettisoning the pick.
“We are going to look in the report,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
In his remarks to reporters, Trump suggested he would be open to changing the legislation that a fellow Republican, Marino, helped push through and said he would make good on an earlier promise to announce the epidemic a national emergency.
Opioids were involved in more than 33,000 deaths in the United States the year of publicly available data, in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overdoses from the category of drugs quadrupled between 1999 and 2015, the CDC said.
The report by the Washington Post and CBS clarified Marino introduced and helped push through industry-backed laws that undercut the ability to freeze imports of pain pills of the Drug Enforcement Administration from drug companies.
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Lots of Democrats called to abandon his nominee.
The opioid crisis has hit hard the state of West Virginia of Manchin.
Marino’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.
Asked if the report had undercut his assurance in his nominee to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Representative Tom Marino, Trump said: “I’ve not talked to him, but I will talk to him, and I will make that determination.
“We are going to be doing this next week,” he said, calling the crisis a “massive problem.”