Trump reportedly told friends he wants to execute every drug dealer in America

  • President Donald Trump has privately expressed a desire for all drug dealers in the US to be executed, according to an Axios report.
  • Trump also has commented favorably on the drug policies of Singapore and the Philippines, two countries where drug dealers are executed.
  • Kellyanne Conway argued Trump only wants to focus on high-volume dealers.


President Donald Trump reportedly has talked to several associates about his desire to have every drug dealer in the United States executed, according to an Axios report on Sunday. 

The report, which cites five sources who have talked to Trump about the subject, says the president believes a softer approach to drug reform will never work, and seems to admire the drug policy of Singapore, where drug trafficking carries a mandatory death sentence.

One senior administration official told Axios that Trump "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,'" the official said.

Human rights advocates have admonished Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte for sanctioning a violent drug war that resulted in the extrajudicial killings of thousands of suspected drug users and dealers. Trump was criticized for failing to comment on the killings when the two met in November, and he previously has praised Duterte for doing what he called "an unbelievable job on the drug problem" in the Philippines.

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Mona, a Colombian drug-sniffer dog, stands guard next to packs of cocaine at the police building during a photo opportunity to the media in Bogota, Colombia September 7, 2015. Police in Colombia and Mexico have seized more than two tonnes of cocaine after a drug-sniffing dog alerted authorities in Bogota to the narcotics, which had been dyed black and falsely registered as an ingredient in printer cartridges, the Colombian police said on Monday. REUTERS/ John Vizcaino
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Trump has privately admitted that it would be near impossible to pass a law requiring a mandatory death sentence for drug dealers in the US, according to the Axios report. But the sources said he has frequently compared drug dealers to serial killers and has expressed that he wants drug dealers in America to fear for their lives.

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to Trump, pushed back on the report, arguing the president is only focusing on high-volume drug dealers, and especially those who traffic the opioid fentanyl.

"The president makes a distinction between those that are languishing in prison for low-level drug offenses and the kingpins hauling thousands of lethal doses of fentanyl into communities, that are responsible for many casualties in a single weekend," she said, according to Axios.

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President Trump and Melania host the 2018 Governor's Ball
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President Donald Trump gestures as he addresses the nation's governors, in town for their Annual Winter Meetings, as he hosts the Governor's Ball at the White House, Washington, DC, U.S., February 25, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Theiler
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive in the State Dining Room, where Trump will address the nation's governors, in town for their Annual Winter Meetings, as he hosts the Governor's Ball at the White House, Washington, DC, U.S., February 25, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Theiler
President Donald Trump bows his head in prayer as he joins the nation's governors, led by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin at the podium, for the Governor's Ball at the White House, Washington, DC, U.S., February 25, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Theiler
President Donald Trump raises his glass in a toast as he joins the nation's governors, in town for their Annual Winter Meetings, for the Governor's Ball at the White House, Washington, DC, U.S., February 25, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Theiler
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 25: Governor Mary Fallin (R-OK) leads guests in a prayer during the Governors' Ball at the White House on February 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 25: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Governors' Ball in the State Dinning Room of the White House on February 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 25: Governor Rick Scott (R-FL) attends the Governors' Ball at the White House on February 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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