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Posted by: thepinetree on 03/02/2018 09:47 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 03/02/2018 09:50 PM
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(This Video Will Be Our Evening News For Tonight) The First Lady at the White House Opioids Summit...President Trumps Closing Comments As Well.

Washington, DC...Good afternoon. Thank you all for being here today. I want to be here to personally tell each of you that what I [you] do today, it matters. Everyone in this room knows that our country is in the middle of the opioid crisis. And I’m so proud of the work that this administration has already done to combat this epidemic. We all know there is still much work to be done, which is why you’re all here today.

I know one panel will focus on the supply side of this crisis, and the other panel will focus on the prevention, treatment, and recovery. Our unified goal is that of helping all who have been affected by drug addiction. And, for me, that means focusing on babies and young mothers, which is something I have been often seeing in my travels.

I want to read some of a letter I received from a woman named Betty Henderson, a mother who lost her son to drugs. She wrote this letter to me just one month after her son passed away. Ms. Henderson is here with us today. Betty, please join me. (Applause.)

“Dear Mrs. Trump,

On September 22, 2017, a needle took the life of my 29-year-old son, Billy. The day after my son’s death, I had to go to the medical examiner’s office to claim his body. No mother should ever have to claim their child’s body. I’m sure that you as a mother would have some understanding of the depths of despair that I experienced on that day.

Mrs. Trump, I’m asking for your help in claiming these lost souls before drugs take them from this Earth. I pray that we give peace to families in knowing that they told their loved ones how much they are treasured.”

Betty, thank you for having the strength to reach out in the midst of your grief. Your story touched me, and I know it has now touched everyone in this room. Just as you said in your letter to me, let us all take a moment now and celebrate your son’s life. Thank you very much. (Applause.)

MS. HENDERSON: Thank you.

MRS. TRUMP: Let’s all keep Betty and her son, Billy, in mind today as you are working through some of the issues related to the opioid epidemic. Sadly, she is not alone in her grief, and we need to change that.

Thank you again for your hard work and commitment to this topic. You are all making a real difference, and I look forward to hearing the important action items that everyone will take away from today’s summit.

Thank you all. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America. Thank you. (Applause.)

Remarks by President Trump at the White House Opioids Summit

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much, Kellyanne. And it’s an honor to be with you. I just said I was going to stop over, say hello to some of the great families and some friends — some friends that have had some incredible difficulty. I know what you’re going through.

Melania is here someplace. Where is our First Lady? Where is she? Where’s Melania? Hello, darling. So she feels so strongly about it. Kellyanne feels so strongly about it. And I do.

And a friend of mine, Steve Witkoff, who is a great developer in New York City — stand up, Steve. I didn’t know you were going to be here. Steve had some big difficulty. He went through — Steve, come on up here. Steve has been one of my great friends over the years. A tremendously successful man. And would you want to just discuss this? Because we’re all among friends here. You know, it’s a tough thing to discuss, right?

MR. WITKOFF: It is. It is.

THE PRESIDENT: But I was there when he was going through something with a very special boy, right? Go ahead.

MR. WITKOFF: I remember the hug you gave me when the world was — when I felt all was lost. I listened to Eric’s story. I lost my son in 2011. And he didn’t buy drugs on the Darknet; he bought drugs on the Internet — a website owned by three of the largest U.S. corporations in the country today. So it’s not just the Darknet.

But he was a great kid, and he detoxed the first night with me. So he was my special child. So if I lost him — I always felt hopeless before you were elected. And I’ve never lobbied my friend about anything. I’ve just supported you because I so believe in you. But if my son knew that you were going to take up this battle — oh, my gosh, he must be upstairs applauding every single day. So I am so grateful. Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Steve. You take care of yourself. Thank you. (Applause.)

And Steve went through something where he thought everything was perfect. He thought everything was fine. And his boy was recovered. And then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, he got some very bad news. So I fully understand what you’re going through.

The administration is going to be rolling out policy over the next three weeks, and it will be very, very strong. I’ve also spoken with Jeff about bringing a lawsuit against some of these opioid companies. I mean, what they’re doing and the way — the distribution. And you have people that go to the hospital with a broken arm, and they come out and they’re addicted. They’re addicted to painkillers, and they don’t even know what happened. They go in for something minor, and they come out and they’re in serious shape.

So we’re going to very much — you know, as you know, I think we’ve been involved more than any administration, by far. It’s a problem that’s growing. And drugs are a similar but different problem, in the sense that we have pushers and we have drug dealers that don’t — I mean, they kill hundreds and hundreds of people, and most of them don’t even go to jail. You know, if you shoot one person, they give you life, they give you the death penalty. These people can kill 2,000, 3,000 people and nothing happens to them.

And we need strength with respect to the pushers and to the drug dealers. And if we don’t do that, you’re never going to solve the problem. If you want to be weak and you want to talk about just Blue Ribbon Committees, that’s not the answer. The answer is you have to have strength and you have to have toughness. The drug dealers, the drug pushers are — they’re really doing damage. They’re really doing damage.

Some countries have a very, very tough penalty — the ultimate penalty. And, by the way, they have much less of a drug problem than we do. So we’re going to have to be very strong on penalties. Hopefully, we can do some litigation against the opioid companies. I think it’s very important because a lot of states are doing it, but I keep saying, if the states are doing it, why isn’t the federal government doing it? (Applause.) So that will happen. So that will happen.

In the meantime, I just want to pay my respects to everybody. Some of you have gone through a lot. Many of you in this room have gone through a lot, more than anyone can imagine. We’re with you a hundred percent. We’re fighting for you, and we’re going to win. We’re going to win. Thank you very much. Thank you, everybody. Thank you. (Applause.)

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Posted on: 2018-03-02 22:47:50   By: Anonymous

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    Posted on: 2018-03-03 07:13:46   By: Anonymous
    Mama's boy, or "man"actually ... still living with mommy, no job, education, or life. On welfare with nothing to show for his existence except for his constant rant on pinetree.

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      Posted on: 2018-03-04 22:41:26   By: Anonymous
      Nice try. Good analysis. But pine tree seems to like that disruptive, useless, waste of space.

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    Posted on: 2018-03-03 07:43:08   By: Anonymous
    Seems another democrat bit the dust....or in this case the blouses of some women.

    Another sexual misconduct "Democratic Rep. Steve Lebsock wasn't present when Democrats and Republicans voted 52-9 Friday on a Democrat resolution to expel him."

    Funny how democrats point the fingers saying so and so is disgusting yet they keep getting caught sexually molesting women, harassing women, failing to treat women with respect at home, at work, in everyday life 24/7/365 days and night, year after year.

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      Posted on: 2018-03-03 08:10:32   By: Anonymous
      When will the Republicans vote to expel Trump from the presidency? Pays off a porn actress. Pays off a Playboy model. Accused by 19 women of harassment and groping. Brags about groping on Access Hollywood tape. Supports pedophile Roy Moore for Senate. Protects wife-beater in his Chief-of-Stall's office.

      There are at least as many Republican politicians caught in sexual misconduct situations. The big difference is that they are protected by their Republican colleagues. Democrats clean house of their bad apples.

      Let me know if you've forgotten about these famous Republicans: Denis Hastert, homosexual pedophile, or Larry Craig, just ordinary homosexual. Both senior Republicans. Hastert was 3rd in line for the Presidency. Or David Vittner, evangelical patronizer of hookers.

      Moral corruption has become a permanent plank in the Republican platform. Also at Fox News, now known as Trump tv. Remember all of them that got tossed out?

      Perverts who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

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        Posted on: 2018-03-04 20:37:46   By: Anonymous
        Another post from a Whining Crying Candy Ass democrat , get over it !!

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          Posted on: 2018-03-04 22:32:10   By: Anonymous
          Hey, that was a real smart post, Dopey.

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Posted on: 2018-03-02 23:06:50   By: Anonymous
Your Hoo-haw touched me, and I know it has now touched everyone in this room.

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    Posted on: 2018-03-03 05:09:18   By: Anonymous
    I'd like to slip Kelly Anne a couple oxy's then get it on with her.

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      Posted on: 2018-03-04 22:34:57   By: Anonymous
      That is about the only way you can get it . Drug em up. You could do better if you were a big shot star like trump, you know he just takes it and they don’t Saha thing because he is rich and powerful. His own words.

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Posted on: 2018-03-03 08:01:54   By: Anonymous
I hate that "I'm so very concerned this is my listening to you" face that Trump makes. Like something he puts on from his war arsenal rather than a sense of real compassion.

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    Posted on: 2018-03-03 08:47:18   By: Anonymous
    Where are the sanctions on Russia?
    Congress voted for them, the president signed them- no implementation.
    What do the Russians have on trump so that he will not order sanctions for the election meddling in 2016? The evidence of election meddling are well documented before trump was inaugurated, and many times after most recently this week. The Russian "fingerprints" are well documented. trump denies it, a sign they have something big on him besides Russian bankers $ laundering with his properties.
    Jared had meetings with a banker from Russia in the White House- illegal, yet the Republicans look the other way.
    Ivanka also has business meetings in the WH - illegal.

    Where are the Republicans?

    trump and his family are traitors, criminals in the White House, the Republicans do nothing.

    So the Republicans are the party of traitors. Republicans now love Russia.

    Aren't you so proud!

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      Posted on: 2018-03-03 09:57:49   By: Anonymous
      In the picture, snapped in the darkness of a Wilton vineyard, Jack Kautz crouches behind a dead buck, smiling broadly as he holds up the animal’s head by its freakishly large set of antlers.

      It was a buck for the record books – with sprawling antlers about an arm’s width apart. If Kautz, 52, had been able to claim it as an official trophy, he could have added it to his long list of accomplishments detailed on the website of his family’s Lodi grape growing business, Ironstone Vineyards.

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        Re: freakishly large set of antlers.
        Posted on: 2018-03-03 12:45:10   By: Anonymous

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Posted on: 2018-03-03 13:34:58   By: Anonymous
Nothing like a bunch of pulled up old farts who make $$$ off of corrupt big pharma pretend the care about an option crisis!

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    Posted on: 2018-03-04 17:51:39   By: Anonymous
    Kellyanne sounds like she is on drugs

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      Posted on: 2018-03-04 17:52:33   By: Anonymous
      She is a total joke.

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