Congressman withdraws bid to be Trump’s drug czar after controversy

Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., withdrew his nomination to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy after a news report found that a bill he authored weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to go after drug companies distributing large amounts of opioids.

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“Rep. Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar,” President Trump said in a tweet Tuesday morning.

During an impromptu news conference at the Rose Garden yesterday with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Trump would not say whether he had confidence in Marino as a nominee.

“As far as Tom Marino, so he was a very early supporter of mine — the great state of Pennsylvania. He’s a great guy. I did see the report. We’re going to look into the report. We’re going to take it very seriously,” Trump said.

Marino was nominated last September as drug czar.

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