Trump: We’re Thinking About Designating Mexican Cartels as Foreign Terrorists
President says his administration is thinking 'very seriously' about identifying groups
President Donald Trump has said his administration is thinking “very seriously” about identifying violent Mexican drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs), according to an exclusive report from Breitbart.
Trump was asked whether his administration is contemplating designating entire cartels or just factions, as terrorist groups.
"We are. We are,” Trump said.
"We’re thinking about doing it very seriously. In fact, we’ve been thinking about it for a long time.”
“It’s psychological, but it’s also economic,” Trump continued.
“As terrorists — as terrorist organizations, the answer is yes. They are.”
The president spoke about the violence taking place in Mexico.
“Mexico, unfortunately, has lost control of the cartels,” Trump said.
“They’ve totally lost control of the cartels. Mexico last year had 42,000 deaths — murders — 42,000. It’s considered one of the most unsafe countries in the world.”
“Now, I’m with them. I really like the new president. He’s a wonderful guy, but you know, 42,000 murders. A lot of it is drug-induced,” Trump continued.
Recounting his recent trips to the border earlier last month, Trump spoke of how little the media reported on the horrors at the border.
When I was down on the border in the Rio Grande three weeks ago, they had 26 people killed right near where I was. And it was a gang fight, and they were buried on the site.
That was right near the area that I was at. The papers don’t even write about it. You know, did you read about the 26 people killed? You don’t even read about it.
Back in January, border patrol agents reported a new daily record in the Rio Grande Valley Sector for the number of migrants apprehended following attempts to cross the border in 2019 illegally.
The record figure comes just a day after President Donald Trump visited the South Texas border region.
A total of 771 migrants apprehended was reported by Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector agents following Trump's visit.
U.S. Representatives Chip Roy (R-TX) and Dr. Mark Green (R-TN) sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in February demanding specific Mexican cartel factions be designated as FTOs.
In a letter to Pompeo obtained by Breitbart News, the congressmen wrote:
Numerous drug cartels employ terrorist tactics that clearly fit this definition, such as the Reynosa/Los Metros faction of the Gulf Cartel, the Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel offshoot of the Sinaloa Cartel. These groups use terror to intimidate and to advance their agenda.
They threaten the stability of governments across the globe.
Even the United Nation’s Security Council has recognized the clear link between drug trafficking and terrorism.
Many drug cartels are based in Latin America, regions of which have seen decades of ruthless violence. According to a Congressional Research Service report, since 2006 there have been roughly 150,000 organized crime-related killings in Mexico alone.
Additionally, Mexico’s Citizen’s Council for Public Security lists that forty-two of the fifty most violent cities in the world are in Latin America.
Many of these cities are more dangerous than war zones. Drug cartels have committed heinous acts of terrorism, from carrying out bombings that have killed innocent people, conducting ISIS-style beheadings, assassinating government officials and members of law enforcement, and engaging in torture and indiscriminate murder.
Also in late January, a convicted terrorist who struck a U.S. Consulate with an automatic rifle took over the Los Zetas cartel.
The brutal group is headquartered at the Texas border in the Nuevo Laredo-Laredo metropolitan border area.
But Trump suggested that the mainstream media in America acknowledge the crisis on the border, even though they have not covered cartel violence.
“By the way, I can’t believe it. They’re finally starting to admit it,” Trump said
“But I was there four weeks ago, 26 people were killed, and I didn’t see one story about it. It’s pretty incredible. But you’re right though; I can’t believe it. I actually saw in the Washington Post and the New York Times over the last couple of days.”