In a rambling press conference Thursday, President Trump described the United States as “drug-infested” and asserted that drugs are “cheaper than candy bars.”
The comment came after Trump revealed his new pick to head the Labor Department, Alexander Acosta, after embattled fast food executive Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination on Wednesday. After announcing Acosta, Trump launched into a long-winded tirade bashing the news media, touting his Electoral College victory and approval ratings, and lamenting the “horrible mess” he inherited when he took office.
“We’ve ordered the Department of Homeland Security and Justice to coordinate on a plan to destroy criminal cartels coming into the United States with drugs,” Trump said.
“We’re becoming a drug-infested nation,” he continued. “Drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars. We’re not gonna let it happen any longer.”
During the campaign, Trump frequently cited the drug trade to justify his extreme immigration proposals, namely his controversial plan to build a wall along the Mexico-U.S. border.
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