In a speech in New Hampshire on Monday, President Trump called for deploying the death penalty to combat the national opioid crisis. Trump declared the nationwide opioid epidemic a public health emergency in October. "If we don't get tough on the drug dealers, we're wasting our time," Trump said Monday. "And that toughness includes the death penalty." The president further described "terrible people" who "kill thousands" through drug dealing without consequence. His call for the death penalty garnered a standing ovation from the audience, who also cheered his pledge to spend $6 billion on solving the health crisis in 2018.

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