Subject: Pool report #3c

*From:* Tara Palmeri <xxx@politico.com> *Date:* August 8, 2017 at 3:47:15 PM EDT
*Subject:* *Pool report #3c*

Rest of President Trump's transcript on the opioid crisis:

"Today I'm pleased to receive a briefing from our team on ways we can help our communities combat this absolutely terrible epidemic and keep youth from going down this deadly path. The best way to prevent drug addiction and overdose is to prevent people from abusing drugs in the first place. If they don't start, they won't have a problem. If they do start, it's awfully tough to get off. So if we can keep them from going on and maybe by talking to youth and telling them: No good, really bad for you in every way. But if they don't start, it will never be a problem.

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"We're also working with law enforcement officers to protect innocent citizens from drug dealers that poison our communities -- strong law enforcement is absolutely vital to having a drug-free society. I have had the opportunity to hear from many on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, and I'm confidant that by working with our healthcare and law enforcement experts we will fight this deadly epidemic and the United States will win. We're also very, very tough on the southern border where much of this comes in, and we're talking to China, where certain forms of man-made drug comes in and it is bad. We are speaking to other countries, and we're getting cooperation. But we're being very, very strong on our southern border -- and I would say the likes of which this country certainly has never seen that kind of strength.

"So, we're going to do our job, we're going to get it going. We're going to have a tremendous team of experts and people that want to beat this horrible situation that has happened in our country -- and we will. We will win. We have no alternative. We have to win for our youth. We have to win for our young people -- and, frankly, we have to win for a lot of other people, not necessarily young that are totally addicted and have serious, serious problems. So, we thank you all for being here. And we're going to get on with out meeting. Thank you very much. Thank you all. Thank you.

TARA PALMERI |*POLITICO*| White House Reporter I M: (973) -xxx-xxxx I O: (703) -xxx-xxxx| xxx@politico.com


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