Chris Christie Trims Opioid Report By Two-Thirds So Trump Will Read It
October 26, 2017

Embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told GQ that Trump doesn't have the attention span to read an actual report.

Sound familiar?

In an article in GQ, called Christie's Last Fight, the governor discussed his mission to combat the opioid crisis, resistance from idiots like Tom Price, and how to deliver information to Trump that he will actually read.

(Vice has a good article on Christie's interim document and whether it will be effective.)

Anyone who is in recovery or has dealt with a friend or family member suffering from addiction, understands that faith-based approaches alone do not work to combat addiction, except of course the DHS's former high-flying secretary, Tom Price.

Christie says—he's faced a couple of formidable challenges. For one, there was Tom Price, who until he resigned in September was the head of Trump's Department of Health and Human Services and who’d voiced skepticism about medication-assisted treatments like methadone and offered support for “faith-based” approaches.

Jeff Sessions still wants to make the opioid problem one that law enforcement can deal with by issuing the harshest sentences possible, even for "low-level drug offenders."

But the one person who is even more of a problem is his pal Trump, since it's up to him to sign off on the policy.

In this article, Christie goes into detail on how one has to deliver new information to Trump. On July 31, Christie submitted his commission's findings.

But Trump's response to the report has been as abnormal and incompetent as everything else in his administration. Christie actually tailored the report to his boss's needs, taking the commission staff's initial draft and personally editing it down to a third of its original length. “I remember when I was doing debate prep with [Trump in the general election] and people would come in with binders that were like five or six inches thick, and I'd look at them and say, ‘That's going to be the most exquisite coaster at Mar-a-Lago,’ because he's not going to read all that stuff,” Christie told me. “That's not the way he takes in information. He's much more of a, give him a short bit of writing and then verbally talk to him. And that's what we did on the report... I wrote the report for him. It's not like a white paper that is 80 pages that he wouldn't look at. I knew who my audience was.”

Trump's attention span is a big problem in all policy issues because knowing the details of any major task is obviously much more helpful than just reading the Cliff's notes.

But that's what America has "elected" as leader of the free world.

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