GRADING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PERFORMANCE 
                  FACTS ARE VERIFIED WITH LINKS TO LIBERAL, INDEPENDENT AND CONSERVATIVE SOURCES
   

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Under President Obama's tenure deaths from drug overdoses in America reached an all time high in 2016. In addition most of the illegal drugs came into the United States across the vast 2,000-mile land border between the US and Mexico, called the Southwestern border or SWB. What actions have President Trump taken to fix this problem?


UPDATE: U.S. drug approvals hit a 21-year high in 2017, treating everything from cancer to rare genetic diseases, and nearly double 2016's approvals.


1/25/17: President Trump keeps his word on arguably his biggest campaign mantra. He signed an executive order to begin building the Mexico border wall ‘within months’. The wall is a much needed weapon to help stem the flow of drugs from pouring into America.


​3/29/17: President Trump announces executive order to combat opioid epidemic in U.S. The executive order sets to establish a federal commission to combat America’s opioid epidemic.


8/2/17: Trump's AG pick (Attorney General Jeff Sessions) announced the formation of the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit, a new Department of Justice pilot program to utilize data to help combat the devastating opioid crisis that is ravaging families and communities across America.


​8/29/17: Four companies have been chosen to build prototypes for Donald Trump's planned border wall, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said. The wall is said to be one of the biggest weapons to fight the war on drugs. 


​9/1/17: President Trump tapped U.S. Rep. Tom Marino to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The Pennsylvania Republican was one of presidential candidate Donald Trump’s earliest backers on Capitol Hill.


​9/28/17: President Trump's ongoing Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis scores a big win by setting new limits on patient supply.


10/06/17: After President Trump called on the FDA for faster approval of prescription drugs they did just that. The U.S Food and Drug Administration approved new drugs -- treating everything from cancer to rare genetic diseases -- on pace to nearly double last year’s approvals.


10/26/17: President Donald Trump declared a nationwide public health emergency to combat the opioid crisis.


​12/1/17: President Trump donated his third-quarter presidential salary to help the Department of Health and Human Services’ efforts to combat the opioid crisis.


1/4/18: Trump's Justice Dept, led by Jeff Sessions, ​announced it was rolling back 
back Obama era guidelines that kept federal government from interfering with state-legalized marijuana. Crtics say the decision trampled on the rights of voters in states where the drug is now legal and created uncertainty about how strictly federal drugs laws will be enforced.


​1/12/18: President Trump signed the Interdict Act to fund fentanyl detectors at border crossings. Trump bill provides $9 million for the opioid sensors to combat drug smuggliing.


1/29/18: The Trump administration announced a new resource to help federal law enforcement disrupt online illicit opioid sales, the Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team. The move assigns dozens of federal agents and analysts will form a team to disrupt illicit opioid sales online, an emerging front in the government’s campaign to thwart a deadly epidemic.