President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned that he will not “take any chances” to address the opioid epidemic and urged Americans to not “piss” him off.
Trump made the comments during a meeting with pharmaceutical executives and pharmaceutical industry leaders as he prepared to release his first full budget.
The president, who has blamed the epidemic on Democrats and Democrats alone, said the opioid problem is not unique to the United States, but that the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and Canada have faced similar problems.
Trump said that he and his administration have taken a lot of steps to combat the opioid pandemic, including increasing the amount of money that can be spent on prevention, addiction treatment and treatment for people in prison and treatment centers.
He said he wants to “send a message” that opioids can be used for “good purposes.”
Trump said he will announce his first budget in early March, but his aides said they will wait until the next budget deadline to announce it.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.