Here’s Why It’s Actually OK To Call Kellyanne Conway The “Opioids Czar”


Aaron Saiger was quoted in a Buzzfeed article about White House counselor Kellyanne Conway being chosen as “opioid czar” whose responsibility is to lead the President’s efforts to resolve the opioid epidemic in America.

Having a central role in coordinating federal responses in the White House is what defines Conway as a czar, law professor Aaron Saiger of the Fordham University School of Law told BuzzFeed News. The word, a term for Russian royalty, has been employed by presidents and the press alike for decades to anoint administration officials as problem-solvers without going through a Congressional appointment. “They are only as powerful as the President makes them.”

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