Trump Says Drug Czar Nominee Withdrew Name After Bombshell Report

Rep. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, speaks at the Lycoming Memorial U.S. Army Reserve Center, Friday, March 25, 2011 in Williamsport, Pa., during a news conference about his trip to Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Sun-Gazette, ... Rep. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, speaks at the Lycoming Memorial U.S. Army Reserve Center, Friday, March 25, 2011 in Williamsport, Pa., during a news conference about his trip to Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Sun-Gazette, Rashelle Carey) MORE LESS
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President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning announced that Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) withdrew his name from consideration to be Trump’s drug czar following a report from the Washington Post and CBS News revealing that Marino pushed legislation that made it harder for the DEA to stop shipments of opioids.

Following the weekend report, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Monday urged Trump to withdraw Marino as the nominee to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy, citing the reporting from the Washington Post and CBS News. Manchin said that the revelation “calls into question Congressman Marino’s ability” to serve as the drug czar.

Trump told reporters Monday afternoon that he would look into the report on Marino’s role in pushing the legislation. Manchin quickly thanked Trump after the President announced that Marino withdrew from consideration.

An investigation by the Washington Post and CBS News revealed that Marino was the leading advocate for a bill passed in April 2016 that was backed by the pharmaceutical industry. The law makes it nearly impossible for the DEA to freeze shipments of harmful medications like opioids from companies with suspicious sales.

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  1. Tom Marino got a better offer from Big Pharma. And all the opioids he can give away…

  2. Great vetting job by the White House. Who was in charge of it, Barron?

  3. Avatar for imkmu3 imkmu3 says:

    The Kushner of course! That is when he take time out from revamping taxes, revamping the government, defeating ISIS, and hammering out a lasting peace in the Middle East–it’s easy! Trust me!

  4. Ok, Mango Mussolini, now how about dumping the Accu-Weather nominee who wants to privatize the U.S. Weather Service?

  5. Documents probably exist that show Trump approving the nomination using the same reasoning that was used in nominating Rick Perry as Energy secretary, Pruitt as head of the EPA and Ben Carson at HUD. I wonder what will make Marsha withdraw from her senate race.

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