How to handle Trump interview questions in an interview
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The first day of Trump’s first full interview with The New York Times, the president was asked a series of questions about the opioid crisis and how he would address it.
The first one was whether he would take action to help states that have struggled with the opioid epidemic.
The answer is, of course, no.
In the midst of a presidential campaign that has already taken a toll on the presidency, the question of how to respond to the opioid issue is now on Trump’s agenda.
On Friday, the President issued a tweet announcing a “major announcement” on the opioid problem, adding: “The opioid crisis is a national emergency and the president is prepared to act to save lives.”
He went on to say that the opioid policy “must be changed”.
The new plan would be to allow states to take over the federal program that pays for opioid treatment.
This would give states the option to implement their own opioid policies, but it would require the approval of the White House and Congress.
If a state doesn’t have a plan in place, the federal government will step in and provide funding to cover the cost of treatment.
It’s the same policy that Trump announced in the days before his inauguration last month, which had the potential to create a “death spiral” that would cause tens of thousands of people to die each day.
The opioid issue was not mentioned during the president’s press briefing on Friday.
The administration has previously made the opioid question a central focus of its response to the crisis.
After Trump’s comments about opioid deaths, the White Senate press secretary, Sarah Sanders, defended the president.
“It’s very important for him to have that conversation, and I think it’s a very important conversation that the president has had with the American people,” Sanders said.
“The president wants to make sure we get this right, but he wants to also make sure that we do everything we can to get people out of the crisis, to prevent deaths and ensure that we can rebuild the health care system.”
Sanders added that she did not think the president had “overreacted” to the news of the opioid deaths.
“I think he has spoken very clearly about what we are going to do, what we will do, and he has made clear that he wants the opioid system to be fully fixed,” Sanders told reporters on Friday, when asked whether the president should be discussing the issue.
In addition to the death of two people in a car crash, there have been several deaths linked to opioid use in New York and elsewhere, including a woman who overdosed in a Bronx hospital, a man who died in a hospital in Ohio, and a woman in a nursing home in Tennessee.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid overdose deaths have tripled since 2013.
In New York, the governor’s office has reported an 8,200-death toll, more than double the number of deaths the city recorded in the same period last year.
Last year, the state also recorded 2,700 opioid-related deaths.
In August, the New York Police Department announced it would increase overtime, with an extra $200 per shift.
A spokesperson for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the time that the new overtime would help pay for a $1.5 million drug abuse and addiction treatment program.
On Thursday, Trump’s former press secretary Sean Spicer also suggested the President was taking a “lazy approach” to dealing with the crisis in the country.
“He’s not really listening to the experts, the pharmaceutical industry, the hospitals and the doctors,” Spicer said.
“It’s all about himself, and what’s his agenda.”
Spicer added that Trump is “probably the only president in modern times who’s not paying attention to the doctors and hospitals.”
Trump has already been accused of failing to do enough to address the opioid overdose crisis.
In April, the Associated Press reported that Trump had spent more than $2 million in the last two months on a campaign to fight opioid addiction, but only spent $250,000 of that on opioids.
In May, The New Yorker reported that he had used the same hotel in July to host fundraisers for two charities that have been accused in recent weeks of misleading patients and giving money to drug traffickers.
Trump has repeatedly denied that the crisis has contributed to the deaths of people.
The New Orleans Saints owner, Jimmy Haslam, said on Friday that the team was “trying to be careful, but you know, he’s very easy to pick on”.
Haslam said that Trump has not spoken with him about the issue and that the billionaire had already spoken with the president about the matter.
Trump is currently on a four-day overseas trip, including stops in Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico and Germany.
The first day of Trump’s first full interview with The New York Times, the president was asked a series of…