For Immediate Release: August 26, 2019
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
Washington, D.C.: Trade dealings with China are as much about U.S. public health and safety as they are about trade itself. In the midst of a manufactured crisis over a “trade war” is a component of this fight with China that is largely unreported.
“American deaths from illicit fentanyl have absolutely skyrocketed in recent years — it’s incredibly alarming. Much of that illegal fentanyl flows to the U.S. from China, and that’s something President Trump is pushing back on,” said Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. “He called again for U.S. shipping authorities and private companies to crack down on shipments from China to stop this flood of drugs. Illegal fentanyl is an incredibly powerful drug, and its devastating effects on the U.S. population has been shocking.
“American citizens have to understand that while Trump fights China on trade, it’s not just to make them play fair and stop stealing from us — it’s also to stop the smuggling of a drug that’s devastating Americans. Don’t let the fake news media bury this in ‘trade war’ headlines. President Donald Trump is fighting for the welfare and safety of all Americans, especially those being ravaged by illicit opioids.”