President Trump found himself in New Hampshire for the first time since the 2016 presidential campaign to unveil the administration's newest efforts in combating the nation's ongoing opioid crisis.
The president once referred to New Hampshire as a "drug-infested den" but visited the Granite State to roll out his latest plan which focuses on reducing drug demand while also calling on Congress and the Department of Justice to seek harsher punishments for drug traffickers -- including the death penalty.
During his remarks at Manchester Community College on Monday, he delivered a stern warning to drug dealers: "If you break the law and illegally peddle these deadly poisons, we will find you, we will arrest you, and we will hold you accountable."
He said the country needs to be tough on drug crimes, saying "If we don't get tough on the drug dealers we're wasting our time. That toughness includes the death penalty."
He conceded later however, "Maybe our country is not ready for that, I can understand that maybe, although personally I can't understand that."
Mr. Trump said the crisis will be solved with "brains, resolve and toughness" and that blue ribbon committees are not doing enough to curb the epidemic.
"This is about winning a very, very tough problem, if we don't get very tough on these dealers, it's not going to happen folks, and I want to win this battle," he added.
The president said he doesn't want to leave the White House and still "have this problem" gripping the much of the country.
He also announced a nationwide education campaign to raise awareness on the dangers of opioid misuse as well as support for research in identifying alternative therapies and expand treatment options for addicts.
As part of this education framework, the president said the administration would be looking to create "unsavory" commercials to "scare" kids from using drugs.
"Kids can see these commercials they can say 'I don't want any part of it', that's the least expensive thing we can do," he said.
He said the ads, similar to ones implemented in the 1980's, would "scare them from ending up like the people in the commercials."
Aside from program initiatives, the president's plan also doubles down on his calls to stop the flow of drugs across borders and expands upon the DOJ's ongoing efforts of prosecuting opioid manufactures, distributors and doctors.
"Eventually the Democrats will agree with us to build the wall to keep the damn drugs out," Mr. Trump exclaimed. He claimed Democrats were using issues like DACA and the border wall as political point.
"They're trying to tie the wall to DACA and DACA to the wall...which is ok with me. But both should get approved," he said.
On sanctuary cities, the president again slammed areas like Lawrence, Massachusetts as embracing immigrants and contributing to the nation's drug crisis.
He called on Congress to block funds for sanctuary cities and "close deadly loopholes that allow criminals back into our country."
The plan follows the administration's prior efforts in dealing with the opioid epidemic, including designating the crisis as a public health emergency and the White House Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission which produced its final report in November of last year.