Controversial Trump drug policy appointee to step down


A 24-year-old appointed to a top position in the White House’s drug policy office will step down at the end of the month, The White House confirmed Wednesday night.

Taylor Weyeneth, who was promoted last summer to serve as White House liaison to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, will depart following controversy over his limited work experience. 

Weyeneth’s planned exit was first reported by The Washington Post.

After he graduated from college in May 2016, Weyeneth worked as a paid member of the Trump campaign, then as a volunteer for the Trump transition.

He then rose to the top of the drug policy office after a series of higher-level departures, according to the Post. The drug office coordinates anti-drug initiatives at various federal agencies, including President Trump’s initiative to combat the opioid epidemic. 

The Washington Post reported earlier this week that Weyeneth was dismissed from his job as a legal assistant for failing to show up to work.

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