Donald Trump’s proposed drugs czar withdraws after claims he undermined fight against opioids  

17 Oct

Donald Trump’s proposed drugs czar has withdrawn after being accused of attempting to neuter Government attempts to tackle the opioid crisis.

Tom Marino, the Pennsylvania congressman, was named in a newspaper investigation as a key driver behind watering down officials’ powers to stop illegal painkiller shipments. 

He also received $100,000 in campaign contributions from groups supporting the pharmaceutical industry, according to the Washington Post and CBS News expose.

Mr Trump announced in a tweet on Tuesday morning that Mr Marino had stepped back from the role after American politicians pledged to fight his appointment. 

“Rep.Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar. Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman!,” he wrote. 

The US President later went into more detail, telling a talk radio station that Mr Marino said he had “no choice” but to resign after the article was published. 

The move is a blow for Mr Trump, coming just a week before his administration announces its plan for tackling the US opioid crisis. 

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