More than 30,000 people are expected to attend the first congressional town hall event in a state where Trump campaigned with promises to expand health care.
The event is the latest step in a week-long push to address the issue of opioid addiction and overdoses in rural America, a state in the midst of its own opioid crisis.
The president will hold a town hall Tuesday evening at the Washington Hilton.
“We’ve had so many tragedies, so many families who have lost loved ones to opioids,” Trump said Tuesday night in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
“And we’ve got to do something about it.”
Trump also said that the president is looking to work with lawmakers on a bill to address opioid addiction.
The bill would provide treatment to opioid users who seek it and would allow them to continue using medication to manage symptoms.
Trump said he has also discussed his administration’s approach to treating opioid abuse with lawmakers.
“What we’re doing is I think the most important thing we’ve done in the opioid crisis is, we’re working with our friends, our allies, and we’re trying to work together,” Trump told reporters Tuesday night.
“I think we have to be much more collaborative with each other, and I think that’s what we’ve been doing.
I think we’re going to be able to do it.”
Trump also took a shot at Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, for trying to get Democrats to vote against his healthcare plan.
“Democrats are now trying to take away your votes because they want to vote for it, because it will be good for the economy, because they can go back to their old jobs,” Trump quipped.
Trump has faced criticism for a range of policy proposals over the past year, from his decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord to his decision in August to fire FBI Director James Comey, who was investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
Trump also faced criticism on Tuesday for his decision on Thursday to remove the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which would have given the United Kingdom a trade advantage over the United