White House Drug Czar on Trump Elimination List

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The White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), which awards grants to reduce drug use and drug trafficking among other things, is on a list of government agencies that President Donald Trump may seek to eliminate, the New York Times reports. New Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, a former congressman, has ONDCP on a list of nine programs that would die under Trump’s plan to cut federal spending. Most programs  on the list cost under $500 million annually, a tiny amount for a government projected to spend $4 trillion this year.

ONDCP was created by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, and its head has popularly been known as the “drug czar.” The first director of the agency was William Bennett. Directors under President Obama were Gil Kerlikowske and Michael Botticelli. Kemp Chester, the current acting director, sent a memo to “friends and colleagues” on February 14 saying that the agency is “still working hard on behalf of the American people to address drug use and its consequences. This includes working with President Trump’s team to develop his drug policy framework for our Nation going forward.”

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