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Axios: Trump Would 'Love to Have a Law' That Executes Drug Dealers in US

Axios: Trump Would 'Love to Have a Law' That Executes Drug Dealers in US

President Donald Trump. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

By    |   Sunday, 25 February 2018 08:49 PM

President Donald Trump "would love to have a law" that executes drug dealers in the U.S., and is considering backing legislation for harsher punishments for all drug dealers, per a report in Axios.

Trump reportedly has been inspired by Singapore’s capital punishment policies, and often cites their low rates of drug use. He says a lighter approach to drug reform will never work, and is said to be considering legislation that would require people convicted of dealing as little as two grams of fentanyl to serve five years in prison.

"There is an appetite among many law enforcement, health professionals and grieving families that we must toughen up our criminal and sentencing statutes to match the new reality of drugs like fentanyl, which are so lethal in such small doses," Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway told Axios.

The president also is looking to hand out tougher punishments to pharmaceutical companies, and has discussed with his advisers adopting some minor aspects of Singapore’s "zero tolerance" drug policies.

The death penalty is mandatory for drug trafficking offenders in Singapore and Trump loves it.

"He says that a lot," a source told Axios. "He says, 'When I ask the prime minister of Singapore do they have a drug problem [the prime minister replies,] No. Death penalty.'"

"He often jokes about killing drug dealers... He’ll say, 'You know the Chinese and Filipinos don’t have a drug problem. They just kill them.'"

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President Donald Trump has privately discussed the death penalty for major drug dealers, according to five people who have spoken with him about it, and is considering backing legislation for harsher punishments for all drug dealers, per a report in Axios.
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