From the West Wing Reads version of the daily White House email newsletter:

I do not want the CIA wasting their time on what should be in the realm of traditional law enforcement. The CIA has other duties related to the protection and safety of Americans world wide without the added burden of tracking drugs. This certainly isn’t their area of expertise. I would prefer they just stick to international intelligence gathering…and this seems to be too ‘close to home’ for typical CIA operations.

And no, I am not belittling the opioid epidemic in the United States. It certainly is a major issue but it requires the proper attention from skilled professions. And we have a half dozen other federal agencies to handle it…on top of the various state and local law enforcement and health professionals who are already tasked with it. And maybe we could throw some comprehensive universal health care at the problem instead!

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