President Trump to talk about opioid epidemic at community college in Manchester, N.H.





President Trump will make a policy proposal on the opioid epidemic at a college in Manchester, N.H., on Monday, school officials said.

The statement will take place at Manchester Community College at 2:30 p.m., according to Victoria Jaffe, a spokeswoman for the school. Jaffe said it was an invitation-only event and she was “hoping” some students would be allowed in. The speech will be held in the college’s main building.

In an interview, college president Susan Huard said the White House reached out about a visit during this week’s snowstorm and “things have been shaping up since then.” The administration’s advance team and a Secret Service team have visited the school this week.

“They made it very clear to me that this was not a political speech, that this was going to be a policy speech regarding opioids,” Huard said. She did not have any details about what Trump would propose.

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Huard said the school has heard from students who are interested in attending and others who are “not so much.” The college’s student body of about 3,000 is on spring break this week.

“It wasn’t anything we reached out for . . . I’m pleased to have the president of the United States at a community college. I think that’s a good thing,” Huard said.

The visit will disrupt about 40 classes at the college, which will be held online instead of the building where the president’s speech will take place. Huard said the adjustments were made because of security concerns and a lack of available parking.

The Concord Monitor also reported the president would stop at a fire station in the city earlier Monday. President Trump gave the department a “shout-out” in the fall for its Safe Station program, which allows addicts to seek help at any time, the newspaper said.

A representative from the White House did not immediately respond to a request for more information about the president’s visit.

Last year, President Trump called New Hampshire a “drug-infested den” during a phone call with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico, according to a transcript of the call released by the Washington Post.

Dylan McGuinness can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at @DylMcGuinness.

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