Trump's drug czar nominee withdraws from consideration

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 17, 2017 9:06 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy has withdrawn his name from consideration, the president said on Tuesday, after it was reported the lawmaker had worked to weaken government efforts to slow the flow of opioid drugs that have gripped the country.

U.S. Representative Tom Marino "has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar. Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman!" Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.

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