RECAP: 27 March 2018

Tuesday was an uncharacteristically quiet day for President Donald Trump’s official twitter account, @realDonaldTrump. He has continued to remain silent about Sunday night’s 60 Minutes interview featuring Stormy Daniels, with whom he allegedly had an affair in 2006, shortly after the birth of his son, Barron.

The president focused instead on the opioid crisis, tweeting out an announcement that a temporary memorial to victims of the opioid epidemic would appear in the President’s Park in April.

The announcement comes amid rising pressures facing the Trump administration to properly address the epidemic. It has been more than four months since the president declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, and the administration has yet to take tangible steps to combat the crisis.

The issue lies partially in the Trump administration’s inability to fill key positions. For the first 14 months of his presidency, President Trump did not have anyone in place to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The abrupt departure of former Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price further impeded the administration’s efforts to find a solution.

President Trump’s drug policy itself may also prove to hinder the administration’s ability to effectively address the opioid crisis- by tying it to key promises from his campaign like immigration reform and his proposed border wall, the president has complicated and created a partisan divide in a public health issue.

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