Trump calls for drug test of Clinton ahead of next debate

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While addressing a crowd in New Hampshire about his drug policies, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a drug test of his competitor, Hillary Clinton, ahead of this Wednesday's debate, according to a report from The New York Times.

Mr. Trump was quoted by The New York Times, "We should take a drug test prior because I don't know what's going on with her. But at the beginning of her last debate — she was all pumped up at the beginning, and at the end it was like, 'Oh, take me down.' She could barely reach her car." He volunteered to take a drug test himself, according to the report.

The comments are off script from the "remarks as prepared for delivery" published on Mr. Trump's campaign website.

This is not the first time Mr. Trump has called into question Ms. Clinton's health. Most recently, his campaign launched an ad questioning Ms. Clinton's "fortitude, strength or stamina," according to another report from The New York Times.

The rest of Mr. Trump's speech focused on addressing the opioid epidemic, an issue that is growing in New Hampshire. According to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, drug overdose deaths in 2015 more than doubled since 2011 in the state. Mr. Trump called on the FDA to accelerate approval of addiction recovery medicines, promised to expand access to addiction treatment and claimed his border wall and trade policies would slow drug imports, according to The New York Times and his prepared remarks.

Read the full report here and read the prepared campaign statement here for more details on Mr. Trump's plan to address the opioid epidemic.

 

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