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Trump: Death Penalty for Drug Traffickers

According to an Axios report, the president has privately compared drug dealers to serial killers.

By NTK Staff | 02.26.2018 @2:00pm
Trump: Death Penalty for Drug Traffickers

President Trump is privately calling for much more severe penalties for those convicted of drug trafficking, according to a report from Axios.

A senior official told Axios that the president often cites the examples of China and the Philippines, where drug dealers are executed. Apparently, Trump would like to bring that policy to the United States but is doubtful that others would go along with it:

But the president doesn’t just joke about it. According to five sources who’ve spoken with Trump about the subject, he often leaps into a passionate speech about how drug dealers are as bad as serial killers and should all get the death penalty.

Trump has said he would love to have a law to execute all drug dealers here in America, though he’s privately admitted it would probably be impossible to get a law this harsh passed under the American system.

Instead, the president may push for mandatory minimums for those convicted of trafficking “two grams of fentanyl” or more.

Much of the fentanyl pouring into the United States originates in China and passes over the southern border. In October, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein indicted two Chinese nationals on charges related to the trafficking of opioids:

“For the first time, we’ve indicted major Chinese traffickers who have been using the internet to transport fentanyl and fentanyl analogues to drug traffickers and to individual customers in the United States,” Rosenstien said.

“More and more of our citizens are being killed by fentanyl,” he added, pointing out that over 20,000 Americans died last year as a result of the drug. “That number is rising at a dramatic rate.”

It’s clear that as the opioid crisis ravages communities across the United States, the president would prefer to get tough on drug trafficking, telling friends that “a softer approach” to the problem “will never work,” according to Axios.

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