Trump finalizing opioid plan that includes death penalty for dealers

From Politico:

The Trump administration is finalizing a long-awaited plan that it says will solve the opioid crisis, but it also calls for law enforcement measures — like the death penalty for some drug dealers — that public health advocates and congressional Republicans warn will detract from efforts to reverse the epidemic.

The ambitious plan, which the White House has quietly been circulating among political appointees this month, could be announced as soon as Monday when President Donald Trump visits New Hampshire, a state hard hit by the epidemic. It includes a mix of prevention and treatment measures that advocates have long endorsed, as well as beefed-up enforcement in line with the president’s frequent calls for a harsh crackdown on drug traffickers and dealers.

Trump’s plan to use the death penalty in some cases found at least one fan among congressional Republicans: Rep. Chris Collins of New York, one of the president’s most consistent cheerleaders. “I’m all in on the capital punishment side for those offenses that would warrant that,” he said when asked about the plans Thursday afternoon. “Including drug cases. Yep.”

Trump is a Proud Liar

Trump is a proud ignoramus who just says whatever it is he feels like saying at that particular moment no matter how far it is from the truth. This is just one of the few moments where he actually has admitted to it. What a shameful excuse of a human being:

The president’s tweet came after a Washington Post report Wednesday night that Trump said in a fundraising speech that he made up facts about U.S. trade with Canada during a meeting with Trudeau.

In recounting the conversation with the Canadian premier, Trump said that he pushed back on Trudeau’s claim that the U.S. did not run a trade deficit with Canada.

“I said, ‘Wrong, Justin, you do.’ I didn’t even know. … I had no idea,” Trump reportedly said.

According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. actually has a trade surplus with Canada. Data by Statistics Canada, however, shows that Canada has a trade surplus with the U.S.

Tillerson Fired

His days were numbered since he called Trump a fucking moron. But I guess he found out about this from Trump’s tweet?

And he’s not the only one fired today:

It’s just 10AM!

Question of the Day

How do you spend $139,000.00 on doors? I mean, that’s like 9K more than it takes to fuck up a hush agreement to a pornstar.

The U.S. Interior Department is spending almost $139,000 on new office doors for Secretary Ryan Zinke, according to public records.

The Associated Press first reported the expenditure, which it said was for three sets of double doors in Zinke’s office.

According to records posted online, the project — described as “Secretary’s Door” — cost $138,670, and are to carried out by a Maryland company called Conquest Solutions. The company’s website says it specializes in building automation systems. According to government records, Conquest Solutions was the only company to bid for the job.

Resignation of the Day

It’s really impossible to keep up with these:

Gary D. Cohn, President Trump’s top economic adviser, plans to resign, becoming the latest in a series of high-profile departures from the Trump administration, White House officials said on Tuesday.

The officials insisted there was no single factor behind the departure of Mr. Cohn, who heads the National Economic Council. But his decision to leave came after he seemed poised to lose an internal struggle amid a Wild West-style process over Mr. Trump’s plan to impose large tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

“Gary has been my chief economic adviser and did a superb job in driving our agenda, helping to deliver historic tax cuts and reforms and unleashing the American economy once again,” Mr. Trump said in a statement to The New York Times. “He is a rare talent, and I thank him for his dedicated service to the American people.”

Mr. Cohn is expected to leave in the coming weeks. He will join a string of recent departures by senior White House officials, including Mr. Trump’s communications director and a powerful staff secretary.