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Trump Gets ‘Great Education' on Anti-Drug Effort in Key West

Trump traveled to Key West, Florida, on Thursday for an update from the Joint Interagency Task Force South

What to Know

  • Trump traveled to Key West, Florida, on Thursday for an update from the Joint Interagency Task Force South
  • Trump says "drugs are flowing into our country" through the Pacific and the Caribbean
  • Crowds lined the streets of Key West, gathering along the motorcade route to wave colorful signs applauding and insulting the president

President Donald Trump says a briefing he received on anti-drug trafficking efforts provided a "great education."

Trump traveled to Key West, Florida, on Thursday for an update from the Joint Interagency Task Force South. The agency is responsible for keeping tabs on drug trafficking by sea, air and online.

Trump says "drugs are flowing into our country" through the Pacific and the Caribbean. He also made another pitch for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to help stop drug smuggling.

The task force says that last year it helped disrupt a record 283 metric tons of cocaine and detained nearly 900 suspected members of drug trafficking organizations.

The president has made cracking down on the illegal drug trade a priority for his administration.

Trump is staying in Florida through the weekend after hosting Japan's prime minister at Trump's estate in Palm Beach earlier in the week.

Crowds lined the streets of Key West, gathering along the motorcade route to wave colorful signs applauding and insulting the president, and cheering or booing as he passed.

Some signs fit for a family audience said, "You're fired" and "Thanks for saving our country." There was also, "Slimeball go home."

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