Trump says he'll "look into" nominee for drug czar


"During the biggest public health crisis since HIV/AIDS, we need someone leading the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy who believes we must protect our people, not the pharmaceutical industry", Manchin said in a statement.

Dems plead for nursing home residents" right to sue Crying on TV doesn't qualify Kimmel to set nation's gun agenda Trump knocks "fake' news coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico MORE (D-N.Y.) is calling on President Trump to withdraw Rep. Tom Marino's (R-Pa.) nomination to serve as the nation's drug czar amid criticism that he led a bid to weaken enforcement of the nation's drug policing laws.

The request came a day after a joint investigation from the Washington Post and CBS' "60 Minutes," which concluded that Congress and the drug industry fueled the opioid crisis.

On Monday, Trump defended Marino as a "great guy" but indicated that after seeing the "60 Minutes" report, he would further investigate Marino's actions.

Manchin said the Post's report led him to question Marino's ability to act as drug czar.

In the past, the congressman has said the DEA was too aggressive and needed to work more collaboratively with drug companies.

A bill introduced by Marino and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, weakened the DEA's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids.

The industry worked behind the scenes with lobbyists and key members of Congress, including Marino, pouring more than a million dollars into their election campaigns, the newspaper reported.

The law makes it "virtually impossible for the DEA to freeze suspicious narcotic shipments from the companies".

The DEA has fined pill distributors for not shutting down sales of hundreds of millions of suspicious pills.

Trump told reporters Monday that he would declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency sometime next week and that he would likely also make a "major announcement" about fighting the opioid crisis next week as well. Manchin, whose state has been among the hardest-hit by the opioid epidemic, said he was horrified at the accounts of the 2016 law and Marino's role in it.