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FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2011 file photo, Rep. Thomas Marino, R-Pa., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is demanding that the White House withdraw the nomination of Marino to be the nation's drug czar. Manchin says Marino played a key role in passing a bill weakening the Drug Enforcement Administration's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump said drug czar nominee Tom Marino has withdrawn from consideration


President Trump on Tuesday announced that his nominee for drug czar, Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), had withdrawn from consideration amid backlash over a report that detailed his role in pushing legislation that weakened the Drug Enforcement Agency's ability to crack down on opiate distributors.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle on Monday called on Trump to withdraw Marino's nomination to lead the Office of National Drug Policy after a The Washington Post/"60 Minutes" investigation revealed the congressman had been the driving force behind the legislation.

Trump told reporters on Monday that report was being looked in to and said he would "make a change" if he felt Marino's nomination would hinder the administration's efforts to curb opioid abuse. Trump is expected to officially declare a national emergency over the opioid crisis next week.

More than 33,000 people died in 2015 from prescription opioids, heroin and fentanyl, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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