Why are so many US officials leaving their jobs?
A group of US government officials say they have become disillusioned with the Trump administration’s handling of the opioid crisis and have begun leaving.
“The Trump administration is not a good fit for our country,” former President Barack Obama said on MSNBC.
“We have to do better.”
Obama added that he would not be returning to the White House.
“It’s time for someone else to take this job.”
As Trump’s presidency has dragged on, his administration has continued to blame the opioid epidemic on the drug industry.
The White House and other administration officials have repeatedly suggested that the opioid trade is largely to blame for the crisis, despite evidence to the contrary.
Last month, Trump said that a “tremendous amount” of drugs were being smuggled into the US from Mexico, and he said that “it’s a shame” that drug prices were “getting so high”.
On Thursday, Trump signed an executive order aimed at curbing the trade of fentanyl, an opioid with an addictive and fatal effect.
The order also aims to address the problem of fentanyl in the United States by requiring the US to “take a hard look at” importing the drug from other countries.
As of Tuesday, the US had imported just under 1 million kilograms of fentanyl and related drugs since Trump took office, according to data from the US Drug Enforcement Administration.
In an interview with MSNBC on Thursday, former Vice President Joe Biden also said that the Trump White House was “not the right fit for this country”.
“I don’t think it’s going to be good for the American people,” Biden said.
“I think the administration has got to go through some serious soul searching, because if they can’t do it, it’s not going to work.”