"The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I'm saying officially, right now, it is an emergency", said Trump, answering a reporter's question while on a 17-day "working vacation" in New Jersey. He had more threats for the leader of North Korea, and he declared the country's opioid crisis a national emergency. As yet, there has been no accompanying White House press release or statement.
GEOFF BENNETT, BYLINE: Hey, Audie. Trump has been vocal about the threats on social media, but was all smiles on the course today, regardless of any chatter about a potential nuclear war. Here's what the president told reporters just before he attended a security briefing this afternoon.
The only thing President Trump may be fonder of than golf is golf carts, and his habit is costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars - even when those carts are used on Trump-owned golf courses. Maybe it wasn't tough enough. I never do. I'm not like the other administration that would say. Trump said that Russian Federation would have prefered Hillary Clinton would have won. And he also wouldn't rule out a preemptive strike on North Korea.
It's the latest warning since he said earlier this week that North Korea faces "retaliation with fire and fury unlike any the world has seen before". "He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before".
Incorporate a "warm hand-off" into procedures: "Folks who overdose on opioids (particularly) are brought to emergency room (s), which are generally understaffed and the emergency room's job is to get people stable and out within 24 hours or 48 hours", he said.
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Trump tweets backhanded warning to North Korea, mentions upgraded USA nuclear arsenal
JON WOLFSTHAL: How do we make sure North Korea knows we're not about to strike them? We need to make sure there's no shooting war. Tillerson insisted the developments didn't suggest the USA was moving closer to a military option to dealing with the crisis.
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President Trump said Thursday his surprise ban on transgender troops was "a great favor" for the USA military. Trump answered, "We're going to draw it up, and we're going to make it a national emergency".
The special White House panel created to examine the opioid epidemic recommended that the President declare a national emergency, however yesterday's remarks still came as a surprise.
The North Korea threat has been a foreign policy priority for the Trump administration since it took office in January, but it has taken center stage since Pyongyang test fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month.
Observers quickly related his remarks to President Harry S. Truman's fiery rhetoric in a statement 72 years ago, in which Truman announced toward the end of World War II that the USA had dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.