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Trump raises possibility of withdrawing drug czar nominee

Trump raises possibility of withdrawing drug czar nominee

Marino, a Williamsport native whose 10th District includes parts of Monroe County, was tapped in September as President Donald Trump's nominee to become the nation's next drug czar.

At an impromptu news conference at the White House Monday, Mr. Trump said, "If I think it's 1 percent negative to what we want to do I'll make a change".

His comments came after a joint investigation by CBS' "60 Minutes" and The Washington Post on the opioid crisis.

He added that if Trump doesn't withdraw the nomination, "it will be another betrayal in a long line of betrayals on issues near and dear to rural America". Manchin, whose state has been among the hardest-hit by the opioid epidemic, said he was horrified at the accounts of the 2016 law and Marino's role in it.

With heroin and opioid-based painkiller deaths on the rise a disturbing new report has surfaced claiming Congress stripped the Drug Enforcement Administration of one of its most potent weapons against large drug companies.

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Trump nominated Representative Tom Marino of Pennsylvania to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which works to reduce illicit drug use.

It weakened DEA efforts against drug distribution companies that were supplying corrupt doctors and pharmacists who peddled narcotics to the underground market.

A White House commission suggested the opioid epidemic should be declared a national emergency. Senate lawmakers have slammed Trump for not taking swifter action on the opioid crisis.

Meanwhile, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said Monday she will introduce legislation to repeal the 2016 law.