China on Tuesday contested President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE's claim that it is the source of the fentanyl has killed tens of thousands of Americans, The Associated Press reported.
Officials reportedly reiterated China's extensive efforts to control the synthetic opioid and said it should not be labeled the main origin of fentanyl to the U.S. during a briefing for the National Narcotics Control Commission.
Trump tweeted in August that he was ordering carriers to "SEARCH FOR & REFUSE, all deliveries of Fentanyl from China (or anywhere else!)."
"President Xi said this would stop - it didn’t," the president added.
....all deliveries of Fentanyl from China (or anywhere else!). Fentanyl kills 100,000 Americans a year. President Xi said this would stop - it didn’t. Our Economy, because of our gains in the last 2 1/2 years, is MUCH larger than that of China. We will keep it that way!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2019
“What Trump said is completely groundless and untrue,” Liu Yuejin, China's narcotics commission’s vice commissioner, told reporters Tuesday, according to the AP.
Liu said that no fentanyl smuggling cases have been discovered between the U.S. and China since Beijing began regulating it in May. All fentanyl-related drugs are now designated a class of controlled substances in an effort to curb illegal drug trafficking.
However, law enforcement officials in Virginia said last week that drugs confiscated in a seizure of enough fentanyl to kill 14 million people had links to China.
“The illicit fentanyl that’s coming in, the vast majority is from China and a lot of it is coming in through the mails,” G. Zachary Terwilliger, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said at a news conference, according to the AP.