Trump has previously mooted the “ultimate” punishment for drug dealers.”Some countries have a very, very tough penalty – the ultimate penalty,” he said in March. “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.” Channel News Asia Reports
Trump has praised Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose war on drugs has led to the extra-judicial killings of alleged traffickers.
Philippines police say they have killed 4,100 drug suspects as part of the campaign, while rights groups claim the real toll is around three times the number. The International Criminal Court is investigating.
At an event in Manchester, New Hampshire, Trump unveiled an anti-opioid abuse plan, including his death penalty recommendation and one for tougher sentencing laws for drug dealers.
For Trump, the visit to New Hampshire returns him to a state that gave him a key Republican primary election win when he was a political newcomer in 2016. Back then, he promised to tackle the opioid crisis, which is particularly severe in the New England state. Reuters Reports