President Trump drops in on New Hampshire firefighters

20 March, 2018, 04:46 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • President Trump drops in on New Hampshire firefighters

Mr Trump was cheered on Monday as he told a crowd in Manchester, New Hampshire: "If we don't get tough on the drug dealers we're wasting our time".

MANCHESTER, N.H. -Unveiling a long-awaited plan to combat the national scourge of opioid drug addiction, President Donald Trump called Monday for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including embracing a tactic employed by some of the global strongmen he admires: the death penalty.

Jim Moser of East Kingston, who attended the event, said he could see sincerity in Trump's eyes as he spoke about the crisis, and said the focus on public education that the president laid out Monday will help.

The president also discussed how his policies, including building a U.S. -Mexico border wall and punishing "sanctuary" cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities, will help reduce the flow of drugs.

But New Hampshire residents and politicians say the president's plan to address the epidemic is not enough. The New England state's voters supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, but narrowly. Funding for opioid programs was boosted by $6 billion in a budget deal passed last month, but many think that is not enough to make a dent in the crisis, and that any money should be directly allocated to the places that are hardest hit.

The White House has begun to call it the crisis next door, creating a website by the same name where people can share their personal stories dealing with opioids.

The president's plan calls for the Justice Department to seek the death penalty against drug traffickers "where appropriate under current law".

"Extreme proposals like using the death penalty only perpetuate a harmful stigma associated with opioid use disorders and divert attention from meaningful conversations and progress on expanding access to treatment, recovery, and other public health initiatives", he said. He was flanked by members of law enforcement and at one point allowed the parents of a man who died of an overdose to speak onstage about their son, who became addicted to drugs after taking a prescription opioid and later died of an overdose.

The President's speech got mixed reviews from those on the front lines of the state's opioid crisis.

President Trump told the firefighters he's getting a "big response" in Congress for his 3-part plan to end the drug epidemic. The state has the third highest rate of drug overdose deaths. However, in November, the White House opioid commission also released a strong plan, most of which hasn't been acted on yet, and it is critical that we see actual follow-through on this proposal. "They're protected by these cities", Trump said. "We'll do whatever we have to do", he said.

"These are awful people and we have to get tough on those people".

The Sentencing Project Executive Director Marc Mauer said that decades of research has proven that harsher penalties do not deter a person from committing a crime. Doug Berman, a law professor at Ohio State University, predicted the issue would go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, Capitol Hill lawmakers from both parties are trying to put muscle behind Mr. Trump's decision last fall to declare opioid addiction a public health emergency. "This is no longer somebody else's community, somebody else's kid, somebody else's co-worker".

Shaheen said she hopes the announcement means good news for New Hampshire families.

President Trump is calling for a lift on that limit, among other measures.

Drug-related murder is already a capital offence in the United States, but no one has ever been executed using those rules. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a persistent Trump critic.

Trump announced the tackling of opioid abuse as one of his key steps when he assumed office.



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