Drugs

“I don’t know if he even knew what he was talking about”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump hosted a group of Senators at the White House on Wednesday where he signed an opioid bill into law, but that's not what got everyone talking

What got everyone talking was Trump talking, or rather Trump running his mouth with no earthly idea what he's talking about.

Trump reportedly told the group of Senators that he possesses the secret to solving the opioid crisis but he's "not sure the country is ready for it yet," as if it's a zero-point energy machine or faster-than-light travel.

What secret was he referring to exactly? No one has any idea.

"I had no idea what answer that is," said Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican. "I was intrigued, too, I'd like to know."

"Yeah, I wondered about that," said West Virginia Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito. "I didn't follow up and ask." The West Virginia Republican continued: "When he said that, I thought, 'Uh, good for you if that's actually what he thinks?' But it's more complicated than one silver bullet."

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman said, "I remember something like that," before later adding: "I think the answer is, unfortunately, a lot of different things."

"I don't have any idea what the President was talking about," said Sen. Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat. "I don't know if he even knew what he was talking about."

Asked if she had an idea as to what he was referring to, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, said, "Not at all."

If you believe Trump is in a state of cognitive decline, I'd say there's been a wealth of evidence of that exposed this week.

As for the bill Trump signed when he ran his mouth, it will provide US Customs and Border Protection with equipment for detecting opioids at the border, but as you know the largest sources of opioids in America are drugs companies, shady doctors and unscrupulous pharmacies.

It's a tremendously complicated problem that must separate abuse from legitimate subscriptions for chronic pain. There's no secret and, as Senator Sherrod Brown said, I don't know if Trump even knew what he was talking about.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Trump reportedly told the group of Senators that he possesses the secret to solving the opioid crisis but he’s “not sure the country is ready for it yet,”

    He keeps that plan right there in his desk drawer. Right next to the “secret plan to eliminate Isis” he said he had during his campaign..

    • Nefercat

      Which is right under the folder with all the very interesting material his PIs were finding in Hawaii about President Obama’s birth certificate.

      • Christopher Foxx

        Well, those invisible folders are easy to miss.

  • muselet

    Oh, lawsy-mercy.

    Donald Trump has the secret to solving the opioid crisis? Donald Trump? That can only mean one thing: he’s decided to open a chain of Trump® Addiction Treatment Centers™ around the country. His solution has to be a Trump University-level grift.

    Presumably, one that will be paid for by redirecting the monies cut from Medicaid.

    –alopecia

  • Nefercat

    I think it’s reasonable to assume that it could mean rounding up all the addicts and shipping them off to “shithole” countries.

    After all, no white people will be involved, right?

    /snark

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Reminds me:

    • Nefercat

      Sniffle. I’d vote for President Bartlet right now if I could. Shoot, I’d probably be okay with President Vinick at this point.

      • Christopher Foxx

        Am part way thru Season 3. Watching West Wing and seeing a White House that actually knows what it’s doing is refreshing.

        And President Vinick would have been fine. An actually reasonable, moderate conservative would not be a bad thing.

        • Nefercat

          Yeah, Vinick has his very own wikipedia page , and while many of his positions are conservative, he could be reasoned with and understood the concepts of compromise and negotiating.

          • Christopher Foxx

            Exactly. He was open to new ideas and willing to change his mind. And was able to make good points and could convince a receptive audience to change theirs.

            Pretty much exactly what we increasingly haven’t seen in conservatives for close to 40 years.

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  • Badgerite

    One has to keep in mind that it’s trump talking so a good bet would be that he wants to do what Duterte is doing in the Philippines. How “intriguing”.

    • ^ THIS ^

      This is exactly what he’s talking about. 😒

      • Badgerite

        I think so too. What else?

        • Yeah, it’s not like he’s assessed the situation, spoke with experts on the crisis and created a comprehensive, multifaceted approach to treatment and prevention. 😒

          • Badgerite

            Well, after trump’s first nominee to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy had to withdraw because of conflict of interest due to his ties to and previous advocacy for Big Pharma, the man currently in charge of the ONDCP is a 24 year old who only recently graduated with a Bachelors degree in Political Science and worked on trump’s campaign. Apparently this is due to the ‘high turnover rate’ ( see competent, experienced people leaving) at the agency. What could go wrong.
            http://www.newsweek.com/trump-administration-promoted-inexperienced-24-year-old-help-lead-fight-781084

          • Hopefully he won’t order the kid to implement his double secret probation plan of slaughter.