Trump: China Has Agreed to Criminalize ‘Sale of Deadly Fentanyl’ Coming into the U.S.

By Melanie Arter | December 5, 2018 | 9:46 AM EST

BEIJING, CHINA - NOVEMBER 9: Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a welcoming ceremony November 9, 2017 in Beijing, China. Trump is on a 10-day trip to Asia. (Photo by Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images)

( – “One of the very exciting things” to come out of President Donald Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, is the Chinese president’s “promise” to “criminalize the sale of deadly Fentanyl coming into the United States,” Trump tweeted Wednesday.

“One of the very exciting things to come out of my meeting with President Xi of China is his promise to me to criminalize the sale of deadly Fentanyl coming into the United States. It will now be considered a ‘controlled substance,’” the president tweeted.

“This could be a game changer on what is considered to be the worst and most dangerous, addictive and deadly substance of them all. Last year over 77,000 people died from Fentanyl. If China cracks down on this “horror drug,” using the Death Penalty for distributors and pushers, the results will be incredible!” Trump added.


Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid drug that is considered to be 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

“Pharmaceutical fentanyl was developed for pain management treatment of cancer patients, applied in a patch on the skin. Because of its powerful opioid properties, Fentanyl is also diverted for abuse,” the DEA stated on its website. 

The drug is “added to heroin to increase its potency, or be disguised as highly potent heroin."

“Many users believe that they are purchasing heroin and actually don’t know that they are purchasing fentanyl – which often results in overdose deaths. Clandestinely-produced fentanyl is primarily manufactured in Mexico,” according to the DEA.


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