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Josh Hafner
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To address America's opioid crisis, Trump's considering a tactic from the Philippines: Executing drug dealers.

Trump floated the idea during conference Thursday while brainstorming "very strong" penalties that could address pain killer addiction in the states.

"Some countries have a very, very tough penalty — the ultimate penalty," Trump said. "And, by the way, they have much less of a drug problem than we do. So we're going to have to be very strong on penalties." 

Trump chatted about such policies with leaders of Philippines, White House officials said, where President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has delved into extra-judicial killings.

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