President Trump Participates in Global Call To Action For The Illicit Drug Problem…

Earlier today President Trump spoke to the U.N. on the issue of illicit drug supply and global distribution.


[Transcript] New York, New York – 8:35 A.M. EDT – THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all for being here this morning. It is a great honor to address you on an issue that affects every nation across the globe: the world drug problem. And a big problem it is.

The scourge of drug addiction continues to claim too many lives in the United States and in nations around the world. Today, we commit to fighting the drug epidemic together.

I want to express my deep gratitude to Ambassador Haley for her outstanding leadership in counter-narcotics at the United Nations, along with the dedicated work of our great Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who’s done an absolutely fantastic job, and Ambassador John Bolton. Thank you very much.

We also thank the Secretary-General for joining us at our special guest — and as our special guest. He’s become a great friend, and he’s doing a wonderful job at a very, very complex situation, but a beautiful situation. And I’ve always said the United Nations has tremendous potential, and that potential is being met. Slowly but surely, it’s being met.

We are likewise grateful to our 31 co-host countries. Each of you is taking critical steps to combat the global drug problem.

As the 2018 World Drug Report highlights, cocaine and opium production have hit record highs — incredibly — and global deaths caused by drug use have increased by 60 percent from the year 2000 to 2015. So, in 15 years, it gone up 60 percent, which is absolutely terrible.

As we know, illicit drugs are linked to organized crime, illegal financial flows, corruption, and terrorism. It’s vital for public health and national security that we fight drug addiction and stop all forms of trafficking and smuggling that provide the financial lifeblood for vicious transnational cartels.

In the United States, we’re taking aggressive action, securing our border, supporting law enforcement, devoting record funding to the opioid crisis, and promoting treatment and recovery.

Many nations here today are also taking bold action. Newly elected President Duque, Colombia, campaigned on an anti-drug platform, and won a very, very impressive victory. Congratulations.

We look forward to partnering with his new administration to eradicate coca production in his country. All of us must work together to dismantle drug production and defeat drug addiction.

For this reason, last month, the United States announced a “Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem.” The call is simple: reduce drug demand; cut off the supply of illicit drugs; expand treatment; and strengthen international cooperation. If we take these steps together, we can save the lives of countless people in all corners of the world. And when I say countless, I’m talking about millions and millions of people.

I’m thrilled that every country in the room today has agreed to answer our call, and I want to thank each and every one of you for your commitment to this important initiative.

The United States looks forward to working with you to strengthen our communities, protect our families, and deliver a drug-free future for all of our children.

Thank you very much. And thank you for being here. We appreciate it. Thank you. (Applause.)


8:39 A.M. EDT

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65 Responses to President Trump Participates in Global Call To Action For The Illicit Drug Problem…

  1. Everywhereguy says:

    Wow, actual policy stuff is happening. Not just the drama and political jockeying that obsesses the MSM.

    Liked by 11 people

    • Everywhereguy says:

      Hey, first 😛

      Liked by 3 people

    • Newton Love says:

      Congrats on the “1st.” May you have many “1sts.” (It won’t happen to me in my lifetime.)

      Now to your post:
      > “… actual policy stuff is happening…”

      Yeah! I like how this is NOT a War On Drugs.”
      It’s an intervention of loving people who want to see drug addicts as out-patients and not criminals. We need to help people get off of drugs.

      Personal note: 3 years ago, I was in an accident that fractured my right femur in five places. I got a long titanium rod, a short rod, and two titanium cable wraps plus a few pins and screws.

      They didn’t ask me, they just cave me synthetic heroine (Oxyxontin, Tramadol, et cetera, and other flavors of that dope). At a convalescent home, I was bed-ridden for weeks, then in a wheelchair, then a walker. I came home (with walker) then migrated to a cane, and about 8 months ago, I started walking without the cane. Just me and my legs.

      A year or so ago, I realized that I was hooked on the synthetic opioids. I can not stand being controlled by drugs. It was hard, but I weaned myself, and then went cold turkey.

      I’m a Former US Marine. My SEAL Team buddies, and my Army Ranger friends all say the same thing:
      “Pain is good. It lets you know that you are alive. When there is no pain, you are dead.”

      I live with pain, which I prefer to addiction. Asprin, Ibuprofen, or Aleve are good enough for me to mute the annoyance.

      So, I know addiction. I know about “kicking it.”

      I know what PDJT hatched with the UN General Secretary (former PM of Portugal) umm… (listen to the video!) is an exciting concept on how to attack the global drug problem, and it’s not a war. It’s a loving family intervention on multiple levels.

      The drug cartels get the interdiction!

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Kent says:

    Shouldn’t be hard to beat the Obama administration on this point too….

    “An investigative report published by Politico in December 2017, described how, during the Obama administration, national security concerns regarding the Iran nuclear deal took precedence over the DEA project.”

    Liked by 9 people

  3. lurker2 says:

    Death penalty for drug dealers.

    Liked by 6 people

  4. Seems like President Trump is ending the Bush/Clinton/Obama Afghanistan Heroin smuggling into the USA. Doubtful. That would be like replacing gasoline with free Energy – never happen but POTUS is up to something good. He always is…

    Liked by 6 people

    • lurker2 says:

      Having a significant portion of the population hooked on addictive drugs must have been very profitable to the swamp dwellers. I wonder how insurance companies deal with it though. Rehabs are expensive, especially the in-patient ones. And there is such a high failure rate I think most addicts who have gone through one rehab are sure to go through more.

      Liked by 6 people

      • Daniel says:

        Yes, both legal and illegal drugs. The problem starts and finishes in the brain and in what people believe. Personally, I avoid the use of ALL drugs including pain medications. The consequence of this is I have developed rather high tolerances against discomfort. But when I do feel like I need one “just to get through a moment” would you believe how highly effective the common aspirin can be on me? I mean it is VERY effective.

        How would you like to live like that? Got a mild headache and be able to ignore it? Something a little more and take an aspirin to fix? Thee days people need medications with more syllables that I can string together with a single breath.

        We have a “drug culture” and it’s time we address it. We try to fix everything with a pill or a shot rather than knowing and understanding how to avoid problems or treat them naturally.

        Liked by 5 people

      • Teagan says:

        A few decades ago, during the old days of the USSR, one of their leaders stated the easiest way to conquer the USA was from within…drugs. No military invasion or great expense…simply make the young in American addicted and we would destroy ourselves.
        Witnessing the moral decay here..I am no doubt they were correct.

        Liked by 5 people

        • Daniel says:

          All of that came with an unhealthy dose of KGB infiltration into our schools (culture) and our government. It was intentionally inflicted upon us and it didn’t STOP when the USSR collapsed. And frankly, I think the communists in the USA caused the USSR to collapse because it was an embarrassment to them.

          We see this all the frikken time! A government goes full socialist/communist and it’s “great” at first. “High hopes” and all of that? S. Africa goes that way, Venzuela goes that way…. and what does the media do? The communist media? They praise those countries as if they are somehow ‘doing it right!’ and they are cheered on as an example of socialism done right.

          And to this day, they socialists praise European countries as socialist success stories. They forget there’s a cost which always takes some time before it catches up to them…. but it always does.

          Liked by 2 people

          • clive hoskin says:

            And Venezuela is the latest”Socialist”state to fail.Why do the DelocRATS constantly keep making the same mistakes and thinking that it will always turn out differently?

            Liked by 1 person

    • Cut off the Afghan heroin, starve the deepstate….(CIA)

      Liked by 2 people

    • Newton Love says:

      > “… Afghanistan Heroin smuggling into the USA …”

      Your thinking is so last century!
      (Natural) Opium scrapings from Afghanistan used to make heroin, but it was dangerous to acquire and ship.

      Evil despicable chemists figured out how to make synthetic heroin in a lab. Just get a space in an abandoned warehouse, some chemistry lab equipment, and a real chemist (not just some dumb meth-cooker) and you can have synthetic heroin (oxycontin, tramadol, et cetera) in a constant supply in any city in America.

      It’s not (natural) opium derived heroin, but the addicts love the synthesized heroin just fine. No more risk factors or transportation costs from Afghanistan.

      Synthetic heroin has all but killed the Terrorist drug trafficking. (No more CIA sales products!)

      But wait! there is more.
      The evil chemists thought, can we make our synthetic heroin more potent than (natural) opium derived heroin? Why sure!

      Viola! Fentanyl. Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than morphine. No wonder there are so many overdoses! The addicts don’t know how to cut their “new” dope to their old level.

      Next, the evil chemists invented Carfentanil, an opioid 100 times stronger than fentanyl. So Carfentanil is 100 x 100 = 10,000 times stronger than morphine, and can be manufactured in any town in America.

      In the US, Carfentanil is not classified as a drug. It is classified as a bio-weapon. even 1 micro-gram of Carfentanil will kill a human. Imagine a blast spreading Carfentanil powder into the air upstream from a major US city.

      This IS THE NEW DRUG World Reality.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Rhoda R says:

        I could easily support a death penalty for anyone caught manufacturing the synthetic opiods. At least those not part of a legitimate drug manufacturing operation.


  5. fleporeblog says:

    Our President once again shows that he cares about people not only in our country but around the world. The Secretary General gave a really good speech. He shared the story of his sister who lost the battle to drugs. He also shared what he was able to accomplish when he was the PM of Portugal nearly 20 years ago. The country went from being the worst in terms of HIV cases because of the drug epidemic to the country that today has the least amount of deaths in Europe because of drug related issues.

    Hopefully the UN will not just use today as rhetoric and actually do the work needed to fight the drug epidemic!

    Liked by 9 people

    • Casualties: Secretary General’s sister & President Trump’s brother.

      We could be seeing the beginnings of a terrific team for good.

      Liked by 7 people

    • Deplorable Patriot says:

      The Secretary General’s sister is a psychiatrist in Lisbon who treats those hooked. He said her job is harder than any he has ever had.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Buck Turgidson says:

      Portugal has had a lot of successes in dealing with illegal drugs b/c they have no ‘war on drugs’ and no war on chronic pain patients, who are able to get access to legal rx pain medicine they need. The US would get farther in addressing heroin and Chinese fentanyl problems if they zeroed in on them and called them by their proper names, instead of labeling every pharmaceutical as a “drug” and pretending that every drug is the scourge of mankind. Many ‘drugs’ provide life-saving medicine to tens of millions of people, from diabetics to heart patients to people with rheumatoid arthritis. Labeling all ‘drugs’ evil is simply wrong and slows progress in addressing real problems of illegal drugs. BTW Portugal also does not treat heroin addicts as axe murderers and has a far more humane approach and has realized great successes and reduction in addictions b/c of the infusion of sanity into the process.

      Liked by 2 people

      • fleporeblog says:

        Thanks for sharing!


      • ByrdDeplorable says:

        So true!!! Thank you for expressing this.


      • thedoc00 says:

        This only works if the users take responsibility to kill themselves in private, which is OK with me. Also, they do not get to bitch when they are not hired or allowed allot of privileges due to the habits they chose to pursue.

        My personal hang-up is it all comes down to a total lack of people being held accountable and taking responsibility for their lives. I am not so forgiving for people being deliberately stupid, especially after they are saved multiple times from themselves.


  6. Daniel says:

    When the US’s CIA and other nations’ governments are involved in the international drug trade, I think it’s going to be REALLY hard to do anything about the problem.

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Edward Ethridge says:

    Make coffee ☕️ illegal and watch crime in coffee trade go up. Remember probation of all alcohol in the early 1900s, remember the mass murder and crying involved with that? All the other drugs during that time was not illegal there was no crime involving that. Look at Portugal that had decriminalize all the drugs since 2000 they don’t have a drug problem now!!!! Trump must have made a deal with Republicans about the war on drugs because in the 1990s Trump was against the war on drugs because of the amount of money involved and the slaughter of people. I have to wait and see what kind of policy is trump talking about because war on drugs is not a policy that actually works


    • Daniel says:

      You’re not wrong. We need to rethink “healthy.” People who think they need a substance to feel normal or “better” in some way have an unaddressed problem.

      Liked by 2 people

      • MAJA says:

        I don’t think it was a coincidence or an accident that the U.S. economy was traded away by our elected officials, leaving a stressed and broke population with dimishing hopes for a better future, at the same as the same elected officials turned a blind eye or facilitated the drugging of Americans with illegal and legally prescribed drugs.

        Liked by 5 people

    • Criminalization of USERS is counter productive.

      Burning the poppy fields in Afghanistan should be fairly easy.

      EVERYONE!….. look up oregano oil (the good stuff). Applied topically, 50% as effective as morphine for pain.
      Taken internally,…. Well, making claims is dangerous, but I heard it sterilises sewage….!

      Liked by 1 person

    • DavidC says:

      @Edward Ethridge – I completely agree with you. What competent adults (the default) ingest is no business of federal, state, or local government, unless it negatively affects others.

      In particular, the federal government has no authority to regulate drugs, except at the border or in interstate commerce. Unfortunately, the interstate commerce clause of the Constitution has been tortured into meaning any commerce, even if wholly within one state, and/or merely possession of any substance or thing the government doesn’t like.

      Moreover, the original anti-drug laws passed nearly a century ago, were primarily motivated by racial bias. Trump would win many votes, law-enforcement spending could be reduced, and overall liberty would be enhanced by eliminating the War on Drugs. He could even use it as another reason to fire the useless AG Sessions, who opposes any such policy.


  8. ogoggilby says:

    Unfortunately, the President will not be able to stem the daily flow of mind melding anti-American ideological drugs pushed by the news, entertainment, and social media as well as by private and taxpayer-funded schools, colleges and universities, etc.

    “I’m your mama, I’m your daddy
    I’m that nigga in the alley
    I’m your doctor when in need
    Want some coke, have some weed
    You know me, I’m your friend
    Your main boy, thick and thin
    I’m your Pusherman…”


  9. Dutchman says:

    And behind it all, China, with fentanyl and opium, and Iran with cocaine.

    Two countries run by coruptocrat elitist governments. Coincidence?

    Liked by 1 person

  10. The Devilbat says:

    PJT needs to start looking closer to home (think Clintons and MENA Arkansas). Think the CIA.

    I suggest obtaining a copy of this book, “The Politics of Heroin – CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade” by Alfred W. McCoy

    The book is is out of print. You can find a copy at who represent thousands of book sellers across the world. It is a large, oversize paperback with 634 pages. Be sure to buy the latest version of the book from 2003. The first version was printed way back in 1991.

    The CIA (Cocaine Import Agency) has been in the drug business for a very long time. They reportedly use the billions of dollars they make to fund some of their unapproved covert activities for the deep state and others.

    The first book to prove CIA and U.S. government complicity in global drug trafficking, The Politics of Heroin includes meticulous documentation of dishonesty and dirty dealings at the highest levels from the Cold War until today. Maintaining a global perspective, this groundbreaking study details the mechanics of drug trafficking in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South and Central America. New chapters detail U.S. involvement in the narcotics trade in Afghanistan and Pakistan before and after the fall of the Taliban, and how U.S. drug policy in Central America and Colombia has increased the global supply of illicit drugs.

    About the Author:
    Alfred W. McCoy is a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He holds a doctorate in southeast Asian history from Yale University and is the recipient of the 2001 Goodman Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.


  11. gingergal says:

    Unfortunately, this war on drugs is having a negative impact on chronic pain patients. I have written many letters to the White House, and will write to my state representatives. Chronic pain patients don’t seem to have a voice in all of this.

    Liked by 1 person

    • gingergal says:

      BTW, we were told the new policies would have no impact on those with pre-existing conditions requiring pain control with opioids. Arizona has some of the toughest laws, unfortunately.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Sunshine says:

      There are other solutions of the homeopathic type that work really well.
      Have you tried Arnica Montana in pill form (80/granules per cylinder)? It’s nickname is King of the Pain Killers/Anti-inflammatory. Not expensive.

      My 90-year old mom couldn’t walk anymore because of the intense pain in her knee. I gave her 5 granules diluted in a tiny bit of water. Twenty minutes later, she’s up and walking and went shopping with me. No pain for 12 hours.
      It worked with all my friends who were in intense pain.

      Even my 15 year-old dog who was trying to walk on three legs. A sudden debilitating case of arthritis. Twenty minutes later, she’s fine and walking normally.

      BONUS: You don’t get hooked on it.


      • gingergal says:

        I appreciate that, but my husband has the chronic issues. He has tried just about everything because doctors are being pressured by the government to persuade people to wean off of the opioids. However, he has been able to live a more productive life being on them. Anti-inflammatories have not been effective for him. He has had a spinal fusion at two levels in his lower back. Chronic nerve damage/pain. For the record, my mother passed away from an opioid over dose, however, she abused them. I am aware of the dangers, but my husband needs them for quality of life and takes them responsibly as prescribed. He has been able to put himself through school on them, and works full-time as an engineer.

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    • Buck Turgidson says:

      Dead on the money gg. See my comment above. Denying chronic pain patients relatively mild, safe, effective legal rx pain medicine has nothing to do with illegal drugs like heroin and Chinese fentanyl. But the dea has lumped them all together and declared war on chronic pain patients and has caused immense suffering, many suicides, and driven out many devoted MDs who work in pain management. We need a saner more realistic “kinder gentler” approach to dealing with pain patients who will get relief from severe chronic pain only with opioid-based medicines, which have been used effectively and safely for decades if not centuries.

      Liked by 1 person

      • gingergal says:

        That’s right. Just to add, the doctor my husband has been seeing has closed two of his offices in the last couple of years alone due to physicians leaving the practice. We are hoping that the laws will stabilize somewhere in the middle where chronic pain patients receive the relief they need.


  12. Sunshine says:

    I doubt Canada will be joining the effort. Justin has legalized cannabis and even suggested legalizing all narcotics.

    He’s at the U.N. and is working very diligently at securing a Security Council seat. Meanwhile, here in Canada, many thousands of ”refugees” have disappeared and all returning ISIS fighters are roaming our streets with no surveillance; we don’t even know what they look like.

    Also, his agenda is focused on ”women’s issues”.


    • Your Tour Guide says:

      Need some input from Colorado, California, Oregon treepers.

      Didn’t the homeless population around cities zoom after pot
      was legalized in some of these states?


  13. Drugs do not cause addiction. People cause addiction.

    Addiction is a behavior and not a disease.

    People choose to abuse drugs and alcohol for a variety of reasons.

    The war on drugs is actually a war on people.

    Liked by 1 person

    • woohoowee says:

      True, but otoh people tanked up on drugs are often a war on innocent people. What to do about the instability and violence inherent in communities with large numbers of users?


    • Rhoda R says:

      Not necessarily true. Addition is a physical change in the brain’s chemistry as opposed to just habituation where something is a habit. The line between the two can be pretty nebulous at times. There are some drugs, some opiate I believe, that can be addicting after one use. Some idiot child of a college or high school student tries something and BINGO! Not all or even most, I’ll agree. But addiction is a real physical change.


      • Addiction is a behavior and not a disease. Problematic behaviors can cause all kinds of physical changes but they are still behaviors. Consuming large amounts of drugs can negatively affect the brain but consuming is a behavior.


  14. maiingankwe says:

    Great speech by our President Trump and the Secretary General. I do have a question though. During the Secretary General’s speech did he say it was tremadol that was creating such havoc in Africa?

    I’m asking because a few months ago my veterinarian’s office can no longer give me tremadol for our Ella (golden retriever with poor hips). We were directed to a pharmacy with a prescription. I was wondering if tremadol has recently been changed. What I mean is the class or whatever you call it, not the ingredients.

    I was on tremadol a long time ago for pain, and I never thought it really worked so I quit. It’s hard for me to believe that it can be abused, but I guess the people on the continent of Africa say quite differently. I was just wondering if there was a correlation between the two. Heavy tremadol abuse to changing the class of the drug.

    It would’ve been nice if our insurance would accept our Ella as being a member of our family, so I don’t have to pay the full cost. However, in all honesty, it is cheaper than the vet with the fine finagaling of our chemist. It’s just if our insurance company saw Ella as a member, it’s be completely free. I like free. Okay, not completely free considering all we had to pay off before we got to where we are now. I’m just not looking forward to January where it starts all over again.

    Lots of great comments on this thread, I learned a lot, so thank you to all.
    Be well,


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