Trump's Push for Gun Control Leaves GOP 'Flummoxed'

Melania Trump said Thursday that many people are grieving after losing loved ones to the opioid crisis, telling a White House summit on the issue that "we need to change that".

Trump delivered his remarks after spending months telling "certain friends" that he thinks the USA should execute all drug traffickers, as Singapore does.

In the meeting, Trump suggested - but did not declare - his support for a more sweeping background-check bill that would require review of firearm purchases online and at gun shows. And so if that keeps happening, we'll have to call them on it and we will say, 'If you're going to be there for us on these gun violence victims, you can't just say the words.

Trump said that he plans to present within the next three weeks a series of initiatives to combat opioid addiction, adding that he had spoken with Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the possibility of filing lawsuits - as hundreds of United States communities have done - against firms that make the powerful painkillers. He also has endorsed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose "drug war" has led to the deaths of thousands of people by extrajudicial police killings.

He also amplified the theme of harsh penalties for those who traffic illegally in drugs. "These people kill 1,000, 2,000 people, and nothing happens to them". Carroll is a lawyer who has extensive government and private sector experience but hasn't done any work in the public health arena.

The confessed gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, legally obtained the AR-15 rifle allegedly used in the attack that left 17 students and faculty dead and more than a dozen others wounded. "And, by the way, they have much less of a drug problem than we do". "When it comes to the death penalty, I'm totally against it".

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Last October, Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, stopping short of the full state of emergency declaration sought by an advisory board he empaneled. "The administration has prioritized the issue and is implementing strategies around saving lives, lowering demand and lowering supply", said Adams. Neilsen said that only about two pounds of illicit fentanyl were seized by Customs and Border Protection in 2013; in 2017, the agency interdicted 1,485 pounds of fentanyl. Surgeon General Jerome Adams talked about visiting his brother who suffered from addiction in prison.

President Donald Trump will be meeting with members of the video game industry next week as he continues to discuss ways to prevent school shootings.

The Justice Department on Tuesday said it would file a statement of interest in hundreds of lawsuits against drug companies brought by cities, counties and medical institutions seeking reimbursement for the cost of the drug crisis.

"Not every Democrat will agree with every piece, but my caucus is prepared to provide a very large number of votes to get these passed", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

But the administration did not specify what its upcoming policy initiatives will be and how it plans to implement recommendations made by an opioid task force.

In a televised meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers Wednesday, President Trump appeared to embrace gun control, with little concern for how the NRA might feel about it. Trump urged lawmakers, whom he accused of being too afraid of the gun lobby group, to revive a bipartisan bill crafted in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting by Democratic Sen.

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