Congressman Tom Marino withdrew his name from consideration on Wednesday to serve as President Trump’s drug czar.
Marino released the following statement on his possible appointment as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), also known as the drug czar:
“Due to a critical illness in my family, I have, with regret and the utmost respect, informed the White House that I must withdraw my name from consideration for director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.”
He added, “I thank the President for the enormous honor of considering me for this lead role in the effort to address one of the most pressing issues facing our nation and my state today: the opioid epidemic. I will remain in Congress and continue to support President Trump in whatever way I can.”
The Pennsylvania Republican was one of Trump’s earliest supporters in Congress and was widely expected to be named to lead the ONDCP. CBS News reported on April 11 that several sources claimed Marino would be nominated to lead the office, a move that requires Senate confirmation.
He was undergoing the final stages of completing his paperwork ahead of the Trump administration announcing his official nomination, according to CBS.
Marino has built a reputation 0n his hardline stance regarding legislative drug policy that cracks down on drug control and enforcement. He also voted against state medical marijuana programs and notably said during a hearing that people convicted of drug crimes should be forcibly hospitalized.
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