Trump Says Drug Czar Nominee Withdrew Name After Bombshell Report

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In this morning's tweet, Trump insisted Marino "is a fine man and a great Congressman".

Trump had raised the possibility Monday of withdrawing Marino's nomination after reports by The Washington Post and CBS' "60 Minutes". In August, the president said the opioid epidemic was a "national emergency", after his Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis reported that the United States faces the death toll equal to "September 11th every three weeks" as opioid abuse claims the lives of up to 142 Americans every day.

"We're going to review it", Deputy Atty.

Amid the firestorm, Trump had seemed to leave Marino dangling during his Monday press conference alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., at the White House.

Big pharma heavily lobbied for the legislation and donated millions to the election campaigns of Marino and other lawmakers who shepherded the bill through Congress.

A day later, Trump announced Marino's withdrawal from consideration.

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The 2016 law made it significantly harder for the DEA to restrict shipments of opioids by pharmaceutical wholesalers that law enforcement officials consider suspect, such as shipments to pharmacies that vastly exceed what their local markets could consume.

"The American people deserve someone totally committed to fighting the opioid crisis, not someone who has labored on behalf of the drug industry", Schumer said.

On Monday, the president said he would consider changing the law if the law at the center of the investigation proves detrimental to his Administration's goals of combatting the opioid crisis.

The law, called the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement, was passed in 2016 following unanimous votes by both chambers of Congress and a signature from then-President Barack Obama. It wasn't even brought to our attention, ' he said. It has been two months since he said it was an emergency and pledged to devote more resources to addressing the issue. Also, a new appointee should give Trump a chance to follow through on a suggestion by a presidential panel he commissioned that he declare a national emergency on the topic.

"The first and most urgent recommendation of this commission is direct and completely within your control", the commissioners, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, wrote.

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