US president Donald Trump declares opioid epidemic a national emergency


President Trump said yesterday that he intends to declare the USA opioid crisis a national emergency.

Lamson said the declaration could allow more beds at detox facilities to be covered by Medicaid.

CORNISH: NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith is here to talk more.


Gore told Newsweek that Trump's "intemperate comments on North Korea were really unwise". But we've been checking around with various agencies, the White House, and they just don't quite know yet.

Christie released a statement Thursday afternoon thanking the president. Maybe it wasn't tough enough. Okay? He's been pushing the world around for a long time. I think there is still time for other measures.

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BENNETT: And the president also sounded pessimistic about finding a diplomatic solution to the North Korean threat. He has also yet to fill several federal positions that are key to fighting the epidemic.

Trump in April made similar comments about US relations with North Korea, and claimed that he hoped "things work out well" with North Korea. The president said it'll be an event like - an event the likes of which nobody's ever seen before. She sat with her husband while he had a press briefing about the opioid crisis on August 8.

The remark came just two days after Tom Price, the US Secretary of Health and Human Services, said that the problem could be addressed without declaring an emergency.

During a lengthy exchange with reporters, President Trump said that his threat to bring "fire and fury" if North Korea continued to threaten the United States may not have gone far enough. But in an emergency, Section 1135 waivers could be granted for opioid addiction treatment, opening up more treatment options for the states.

CORNISH: So McConnell is essentially defending the last couple of months in Congress.

Rubio was among many Republicans in the 2016 presidential primary and he and Trump had a heated and at times publicly contentious relationship previous year. I'll tell you what, and they should be very nervous, because things will happen to them like they never thought possible. And here's what he said. "If you don't believe Trump isn't serious about North Korea you are making a huge mistake because I believe he is serious". And where did it get us?