Sen. Coons welcomes more federal action on opioid crisis

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Taylor says he's hopeful President Trump's emergency declaration, when finalized, will free up more money to treat people in recovery from opioid addictions.

GEOFF BENNETT, BYLINE: Hey, Audie.

But the tension continued Friday when North Korea said Trump was "driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war" with his continued rhetoric.

The president was addressing reporters during his vacation at his New Jersey golf club before a security briefing with top advisers.

Trump's comments were a shock to State Department officials, according to officials who described the reaction on condition of anonymity to avoid potential repercussions for reporting criticism of the president. Maybe it wasn't tough enough.

"They've been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years, and it's about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries".

BENNETT: And the president also sounded pessimistic about finding a diplomatic solution to the North Korean threat. Trump said that Russian Federation would have prefered Hillary Clinton would have won.

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Trump would not rule out a preemptive strike against Un's government.

It's the latest warning since he said earlier this week that North Korea faces "retaliation with fire and fury unlike any the world has seen before". The president said it'll be an event like - an event the likes of which nobody's ever seen before.

"The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I'm saying officially right now: It is an emergency".

"The people of this country should be very comfortable, and I will tell you this, if North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attack on anybody that we love or we represent or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous", Trump said. A spokesman referred back to the president's remarks. He's been criticizing McConnell on Twitter over the last couple days. "They're dying everyday. When you know these people personally, it's hard".

CORNISH: So McConnell is essentially defending the last couple of months in Congress.

In Fazio's case, it seems news outlets saved the photo before his account became private. So this afternoon, a reporter asked the president, should McConnell step aside as majority leader, as some conservative commentators have suggested?

TRUMP: Well, I'll tell you what. "When I was growing up, they had the LSD and they had certain generations of drugs".

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