Trump To Declare Opioid Crisis National Emergency

US President Donald Trump said he would have a phone call on Friday, August 11, with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to discuss the stand-off over North Korea’s nuclear drive. For more detail on what he said, we’re joined by Geoff Bennett.

“I applaud (New Jersey) Gov. (Chris) Christie and his team for their diligent work in finding solutions for treatment and prevention”.

The willingness to declare a national emergency is a change from earlier in the week, when after briefing the president on the administration’s response to the opioid crisis, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said declaring a public health emergency was usually reserved for “time-limited” problems such as the Zika outbreak. The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the president’s remarks. “So, if anything, maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough”, he added.

In this photo, US President Donald Trump (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) shake hands during dinner at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017.

“These statements are irresponsible and risky, and also senselessly provide a boon to domestic North Korean propaganda which has long sought to portray the United States as a threat to their people”, the letter, spearheaded by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), said.

Trump has said he believes US intelligence agencies’ conclusions that Russian Federation meddled in the election, but he has dismissed the ongoing investigations into possible collusion between Moscow and his campaign aides as a “witch hunt”. And he also wouldn’t rule out a preemptive strike on North Korea.

A Presidential commission on opioids said in its interim report that an emergency declaration would allow the administration to take immediate action and send a message to Congress that more funding is needed.

“The opioid crisis is an emergency and I’m saying it officially right now, it’s an emergency”. “People who have overdosed need what they call a warm hand-off to other medical experts and they need it that moment to go into treatment, but we don’t have enough people in emergency rooms to do that kind of handoff so additional funding would help that”.

“Today as I’m talking to you, we have over 200 people on a waiting list”, he says.

TRUMP: Well, I’ll tell you what. You know when I was growing up, they had the LSD and they had certain generations of drugs.