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Trump: Marino is out of the running to become drug czar

President Trump announced via Twitter this morning that Rep. Tom Marino removed his name from consideration to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy. This follows reports emerged that Marino steered a bill through Congress that significantly weakened the government's ability to crack down against the opioid epidemic.

Go deeper: The Washington Post/60 Minutes report that started it all.

Think back: Trump touched on the topic of Marino's nomination during his impromptu press conference in the White House Rose Garden with Mitch McConnell yesterday afternoon:

  • "We are going to look into the report... We are going to be looking into Tom... We are going to take it very seriously."
  • Trump also said he'll declare the opioid crisis a national emergency "next week"