Trump to mother who appeared on Fox News: We're fighting opioid epidemic hard

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border MORE on Monday said his administration is fighting the opioid epidemic in a tweet to a mother who appeared on Fox News to speak about her son’s overdose. 

“Thank you to Sue Kruczek, who lost her wonderful and talented son Nick to the Opioid scourge, for your kind words while on @foxandfriends,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “We are fighting this terrible epidemic hard - Nick will not have died in vain!”

The tweet came after Kruczek appeared on “Fox & Friends” and read aloud an excerpt of a letter she wrote to the president. 


'“I can walk away the lucky one, though. I was privileged to be Nick’s mom for 20 years,” Kruczek said, quoting her letter. “And I got to hear ‘I love you, Mom’ every single day.”

Kruczek said she wrote Trump a letter for Valentine’s Day, adding that Trump’s recognition of the epidemic is “a great start.”

“Through our broken hearts, we wanted to show the president our love and warm his hearts [sic] through our tragedy and see the faces,” she said.

Trump’s tweet comes as the White House budget is forecasted to include almost $17 billion in funding dedicated to the opioid epidemic. The budget will be released Monday.

The president vowed to address the nation's opioid crisis, but advocates have become skeptical of the president's promises one year into his tenure.

Trump last year declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency, a status the administration extended last month for an additional 90 days.