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Trump declines to express confidence in drug czar nominee in wake of Post/'60 Minutes' probe

• By Ed O**Q**Keefe

President Trump said Monday that he will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic and declined to express confidence in Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), his nominee for drug czar, in the wake of revelations that the lawmaker helped steer legislation making it harder to act against giant drug companies.

Trump's remarks came amid widespread reaction across the political spectrum to a Washington Post/"60 Minutes" investigation that explained how Marino helped guide the legislation, which sailed through Congress last year with virtually no opposition.

Trump said "we're going to be looking into" the investigation, while many Democrats and at least one Republican called for modification or outright repeal of the law. Democrats also urged Trump to drop Marino as his pick to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

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