President Donald Trump says the Pennsylvania congressman he chose to be the country's czar at the Office of National Drug Control Policy is withdrawing from consideration for the job.
The resignation comes amid allegations that Marino had shown favoritism to drug companies and helped them avoid scrutiny during the growing opioid epidemic. The law, which was backed by large drug companies, made it harder for for the Drug Enforcement Administration to pursue enforcement actions on opioids. Many more are addicted to the drugs.
The president told reporters that he would look at a report by The Washington Post and CBS News 'very closely, ' adding: 'If I think it's 1 per cent negative to doing what we want to do, I will make a change'.
Trump's remarks came amid widespread reaction across the political spectrum to a Washington Post/"60 Minutes" investigation that Marino was a key lawmaker in supporting the bill that sailed through Congress previous year with virtually no opposition.
"As far as Tom Marino, so he was a very earlier supporter of mine".
A White House commission suggested the opioid epidemic should be declared a national emergency.
Among Democrats, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a conservative representing a state ravaged by opioid addiction, called on Trump to withdraw Marino's nomination.