President Donald Trump on Tuesday said Rep. Tom Marino has withdrawn from consideration for the nation’s drug czar, following an investigation that detailed his role in pushing for a law that weakened DEA enforcement during a growing opioid crisis.
Trump: Rep.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!
A Washington Post and CBS investigation published Sunday described Marino as the “chief advocate” for a drug industry-friendly law that hobbled Drug Enforcement Administration efforts to fight the distribution of prescription narcotics. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law in April 2016.
On Monday, Trump had said he would “make a change” if he felt Marino’s nomination hurt his efforts to curb opioid abuse. Trump had tapped Marino, a Pennsylvania Republican and supporter of the president, to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Lawmakers like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., had called for Trump to pull Marino’s nomination following the report.
Marino could not immediately be reached for comment.
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