Trump Press Secretary Candidate Suggested Drug Testing White House Press Corps

By McCarton Ackerman 01/17/17

The drug screening proposal was one of 13 suggestions made by a candidate for White House press secretary.

Donald Trump talking to reporters.

Journalists looking to feed tough questions to President-elect Donald Trump may need to do a little more than research.

Apparently Donald Trump’s transition team briefly entertained the idea of drug testing the White House press corps. The shocking urine test proposal was one of 13 suggestions presented in a confidential memo last November by David Martosko, according to BuzzFeed

Martosko, the current U.S. political editor at Daily Mail Online, submitted his proposal to Trump's transition team while seeking the position of White House press secretary last year. 

The memo in question states that “journalists who are at the White House more than one day per week should be subject to drug screenings to occur no more than twice a year at random times," according to the New York Post. "Refusal to comply should exclude them from credentialing entirely.”

The Trump administration has not commented on the memo. Sean Spicer, the former Republican National Committee spokesman who ultimately got the press secretary job over Martosko, the told Post reporter Richard Johnson that he supports “whatever security measures are recommended by the Secret Service.”

Martosko's memo was first reported in the Post, but Johnson opted to keep his name a secret to avoid "harsh[ing] the mellow of his fellow journalists."

But reporters aren’t the only ones who Trump has (allegedly) targeted with drug testing. The president-elect infamously suggested last October that Hillary Clinton was under the influence of performance-enhancing drugs during their second debate and called for a drug test before their final showdown.

“We should take a drug test prior because I don’t know what’s going on with her,” he said at the time. “At the beginning of her last debate, she was all pumped up at the beginning, and at the end it was like, take me down. She could barely reach her car.”

The Daily Caller reported that Trump, who has proudly declared that he doesn’t drink or use drugs, will be the first president in 24 years to have allegedly never used illegal substances. President Barack Obama has been open about using marijuana and cocaine in his youth, while George W. Bush admitted to drinking problems in his younger years. Bill Clinton infamously said in 1992 that he “didn’t inhale” when he tried marijuana.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.