President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he’s not worried about fines from retailers and clothing companies for selling toxic products in the wake of the opioid crisis.
“We’re not going to be fined for it.
You guys will be fined.
You’re going to pay.
They’re not gonna be fined,” Trump said during a press conference with the mayor of Burlington, Vermont, who said he has not heard from the Trump administration about the matter.
The president said he believes the Vermont government has done a “good job” with regulating the sale of the products.
“You look at the number of people dying, you look at how many of these drugs are on the market and the people who are selling these drugs,” Trump added.
“They are going to have to change.
And they’re not doing that.”
Trump was responding to a question about whether or not the Vermont authorities are working with federal authorities on the opioid epidemic, which has killed more than 50,000 Americans since the beginning of the year.
Sanders, however, has repeatedly said he wants to see the U.S. government regulate and tax the sale and distribution of opioid drugs, including prescription painkillers.
The Vermont governor said that while he is supportive of the president’s position on regulating and taxing opioid sales, he believes his state’s response has been “not adequate.”
“The governor does not believe that the Vermont Department of Public Health is doing enough,” he said.
“He believes that they are doing very little to combat the opioid addiction crisis.”
Sanders said he and his administration are “committed” to working with the federal government on opioid addiction issues, including the opioid tax, which he said he supports.
Sanders also said that he is “confident” that the Trump Administration will help Vermont address the opioid problem.
“I am confident that the president is going to act on this issue.
He’s been very clear about this,” Sanders said.”
When the president was asked if he thought it was appropriate to have a drug company in a place like Burlington, he said, ‘I think it’s appropriate.'”