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Trump Praises Chinese Death Penalty for Drug Dealers

HeadlineDec 06, 2018

President Trump on Wednesday praised Chinese President Xi Jinping for cracking down on the synthetic opioid fentanyl, saying he hoped China would employ the death penalty against traffickers of the drug. On Twitter, Trump wrote, “Last year over 77,000 people died from Fentanyl. If China cracks down on this 'horror drug,' using the Death Penalty for distributors and pushers, the results will be incredible!” In a statement, the Drug Policy Alliance responded, “President Trump’s push for China to execute more of its citizens for drug offenses is morally repugnant and ignores the decades-long failure of extremely harsh drug policies here in the U.S.”

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