President Donald Trump punched back against the deadly drug epidemic that has gripped the United States in a bold new proposal this week, adding another plan to his list of Agenda47 policies.
He noted in a new video that in the three decades leading up to his election in 2016, drug overdose deaths increased every year.
“Under my leadership, we took the drug and fentanyl crisis head-on, and we achieved the first reduction in overdose deaths in more than 30 years,” he said.
Trump slammed Joe Biden for surrendering the “hard-won” progress in the war on drugs by leaving the southern border unsecured. “Joe Biden’s record is one of destruction, death, and misery,” he said.
He added, “Joe Biden will never solve the overdose crisis, because he is actively destroying our border – what he has done to our border, we had the safest border in the history of our country, and now we have the worst border of anywhere in the world, including third world countries.”
According to a campaign statement and email from his campaign, President Trump will take the following actions to halt the opioid and fentanyl crisis in the U.S.:
- He will impose a naval embargo on drug cartels and deploy military assets to target cartel operations,
- Invest and insist on the cooperation of U.S. neighboring governments to target cartel operations and ask Congress to pass legislation that would provide juries with an option for the death penalty for convicted drug and human traffickers,
- Direct federal law enforcement agencies to target gangs and street crimes involved in drug distribution,
- Expand faith-based counseling and treatment options for addicts and designate fentanyl as a federally controlled substance,
- Implement a new family-leave program that will enable caregivers to take time off to help their addicted loved ones get the assistance and healing they need.
This is not the first time that Trump has taken a sledgehammer against the drug and human trafficking cartels plaguing the southern border and beyond.
In January, he vowed to “show NO MERCY” to the cartels and promised to direct the DOD to appropriately use special forces, cyber warfare, and other covert and overt actions to pummel cartel operations.