WASHINGTON D.C. – After calls from Congress, President Trump says he will look into his nominee for drug czar, Congressman Tom Marino (R-10th, Cogan Station) saying, and “So he was a very early supporter of mine, the great state of Pennsylvania, he is a great guy. I did see the report we are going to look into the report and take it very seriously.”
President Trump spoke at an impromptu press conference this afternoon, after Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia sent a letter asking him to withdraw Marino’s nomination. Trump also pledged a “major announcement” next week on the national opioid epidemic.
Both the Washington Post, and CBS News, are reporting on the US Congress, and specifically US Congressman Tom Marino, and their close ties to the opioid industry. Congressman Marino is named in both investigative reports, as an individual who is supporting both the opioid industry, and the fight against opioids leading to hundreds of overdose deaths in his 10th District.
CBS’s 60 Minutes detailed what it termed collusion between Congress and the industry, and this close relationship between Marino and the opioid industry is one factor in Marino’s being named the drugs czar nominee. WKOK has contacted the Congressman’s office for a comment. We have links to the stories at wkok.com.