Trump to Congress: We must bring down drug prices 'immediately'

Trump to Congress: We must bring down drug prices 'immediately'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE doubled down on his call to bring down the prices of prescription drugs in his first address to Congress Tuesday. 

Trump said his administration and Congress should "work to bring down the artificially high price of drugs and bring them down immediately."

The president is highlighting the issue as Democrats push him on fulfilling his campaign promise of combatting high drug prices. 


While Trump did not go into specifics Tuesday, he has in the past talked about supporting efforts to allow the federal government to negotiate prices with drug companies and allowing patients to buy prescription drugs from other countries. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee 2020 Dem contenders travel to key primary states After Florida school shooting, vows for change but no clear path forward MORE (I-Vt.) and Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday that would allow people to buy prescription drugs from Canadian pharmacies, needling Trump on his campaign promise. 

"We're attacking this problem by focusing on ideas that even President Trump says he supports," Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said earlier Tuesday. 

"The president's support for these ideas have been so clear that I'm tempted to introduce a bill in the House named 'The Donald Trump Drug Affordability Act.' I'm sure he would like that."