Trump Says Drug Czar Nominee Tom Marino Withdraws From Consideration

By on Oct 17, 2017

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Representative Tom Marino “is withdrawing his name” for the White House job of director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

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WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Tuesday that his choice for drug czar is dropping out of consideration after reports that the nominee pushed legislation that undermined efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in the United States.

In a Twitter post on Tuesday morning, Mr. Trump said that Representative Tom Marino “is withdrawing his name” for the White House job of director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He said Mr. Marino, a Republican from Pennsylvania, was a “fine man and a great Congressman!”

Mr. Trump was asked about the future of Mr. Marino’s post on Monday after a joint investigation by CBS’s “60 Minutes” and The Washington Post on Washington’s influence in drug policy.

The legislation that Mr. Marino championed undermined the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to freeze suspicious shipments of drugs — making it difficult to cut the flow of painkillers to the black market — and was a top priority of the drug industry.

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