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Donald Trump suggests death penalty for opioid dealers

03 March 2018

President Donald Trump talks to adviser Kellyanne Conway during an opioid summit being held at the White House in Washington on Thursday.

The rising opioid epidemic has caused concern around the country; new reports of a deadly cocaine epidemic killing black and Latinx Americans have been raising alarms as well.

Trump previously floated the idea of executing drug dealers in private to his associates.

Speaking at the White House opioid summit, Trump said countries with the "ultimate penalty" have less of a drug problem than the U.S. BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) March 1, 2018 " Some countries have a very, very tough penalty - the ultimate penalty", said Trump.

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"If you shoot one person, they give you life".

His comments echo rumors around the White House of Trump speaking in glowing terms about the policies of President Rodrigo Duterte.

"So, that will happen", Trump said.

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"We need strength against pushers and drug dealers", he said.

"Included on the panels today that will be sharing with us, are Ben Carson, Jeff Sessions, I think Melania is providing some opening remarks but the panel discussion will be around very specific topics: prevention, treatment alternatives, community organization kind of things", Delaney said. "By the way, they've had much less of a drug problem than we do. They just kill them, '" a senior official told the publication.

President Donald Trump on Thursday called for a federal lawsuit against opioid companies and stiffer penalties for drug dealers, arguing that the government must take a strong approach to combat an opioid addiction epidemic.

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Donald Trump suggests death penalty for opioid dealers