Trump Suggests America Could Solve Opioid Crisis Through Executions in Shocking Televised Remarks

President Donald Trump went on a shocking rant Thursday during a televised White House summit about the opioid crisis, when he suggested that executing drug dealers is a solution to the overdose and addiction problems sweeping the nation.


“These people can kill 2,000, 3,000 people, and nothing happens to them,” Trump said. “Some countries have a very, very tough penalty—the ultimate penalty. And by the way, they have much less of a drug problem than we do."

"So we’re going to have to be very strong on penalties," Trump added.
Trump previously floated the idea of executing drug dealers in private to his associates.
Watch Trump's comments below.

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