(19 Mar 2018) In unveiling his plan to deal with the country’s opioid problem, President Donald Trump formalized what he had long mused about publicly and privately: that if a person in the U.S. can get the death penalty or life in prison for shooting one person, a similar punishment should be given to a drug dealer who potentially kills thousands.
Trump has long spoken approvingly about countries like Singapore that have fewer issues with drug addiction because they harshly punish their dealers.
During a trip to Asia last fall, he did not publicly rebuke Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who authorized extrajudicial killings of his nation’s drug dealers.
“Other countries don’t play games,” Trump said. “But the ultimate penalty has to be the death penalty.”
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