Trump urged to dump drug czar pick Rep. Tom Marino after expose about his tying DEA’s hands




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Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa.

President Donald Trump faced growing calls Monday to dump his pick for the nation’s drug czar, Rep. Tom Marino, on the heels of an expose of Marino’s taking the side of drug companies over the Drug Enforcement Administration’s efforts to stem the prescription painkiller epidemic.

Trump said “we’re going to be looking into” that bombshell joint investigation by The Washington Post and CBS’ “60 Minutes” that was published and aired Sunday about Marino’s advocacy for a bill the DEA long opposed.

The president, speaking to reporters in the Rose Garden of the White House, said that he if believes Marino’s actions harmed his goal of fighting opioid abuse, “I will make a change.”

Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat whose state has been badly hit by that epidemic, in a letter to Trump said Marino, R-Pa., “has tied the hands of the DEA in their efforts to enforce our nation’s laws.”

“I urge you to withdraw the nomination of Congressman Tom Marino to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy,” wrote Manchin.




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