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 TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short 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. 

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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) SandersSenate to vote Monday on Trump's VA nominee Senate approves resolution warning Trump not to hand over US officials GOP leader blocks resolution backing intelligence community on Russia 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."