Trump calls for 'very strong' penalties for drug dealers

Trump calls for 'very strong' penalties for drug dealers
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpPoll: Both parties need to do more on drug prices Senate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump White House: Trump will delay steel tariffs for EU, six countries MORE on Thursday called for being "very strong on penalties" for drug dealers while speaking at a White House opioid summit.

Trump called for tough action against those who are dealing opioids. While he did not mention the death penalty specifically, Axios reported recently that Trump has privately been calling for the death penalty for drug traffickers.

"Some countries have a very, very tough penalty, the ultimate penalty," Trump said Thursday. 


"The answer is you have to have strength, and you have to have toughness," he added. 

Trump also alluded to lawsuits against opioid companies, saying he has spoken with Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsFeinstein, Harris call for probe of ICE after employee resigns House Judiciary chair subpoenas DOJ for FBI documents Sen. Gardner won’t let Jeff Sessions tread on Colorado’s cannabis boom MORE about the topic. He said he's "spoken with Jeff about bringing a lawsuit against some of these opioid companies." 

It was not clear if this statement referred to an additional action beyond the statement of interest Sessions filed this week in a major lawsuit against opioid distributors and manufacturers.