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Trump Declares 'WAR' Against Mexican Drug Cartels as Americans Killed in Shootout

President calls on Mexico to 'wage war' against country's criminal 'monsters'

 on 6th November 2019 @ 12.00am
president trump has declared  war  against mexican drug cartels after american were killed on monday © press
President Trump has declared 'war' against Mexican drug cartels after American were killed on Monday

President Donald Trump has called on Mexico to "wage war" against Mexican drug cartel "monsters" after several American citizens were killed in a bloody shootout on Monday.

On Tuesday, President Trump offered U.S. assistance to Mexico to take down the country's murderous criminal gangs after nine Americans, including children, were killed by mobsters a day earlier.

“If Mexico needs or requests help in cleaning out these monsters, the United States stands ready, willing & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively,” Trump declared on Twitter.

“The great new President of Mexico has made this a big issue, but the cartels have become so large and powerful that you sometimes need an army to defeat an army!”

Officials confirmed at least six children and three women were killed, all US citizens.

three american women have been confirmed dead  along with six children © press
Three American women have been confirmed dead, along with six children

According to Fox News, the victims were all U.S. citizens living in a community of Americans in Mexico

They were gunned down after their convoy came under fire during a daylight ambush Monday. 

Six children were found alive, five of whom have been taken to hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

One child is currently missing, and authorities are searching the mountainous area on the Sonora-Chihuahua border for the child.

Those attacked were members of the LeBaron family, a well-known American clan who has lived in the community in the northern part of the country for decades, according to The New York Times. 

The attack targeted citizens who live in a community founded as part of an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth," Trump tweeted.

"We merely await a call from your great new president!"

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador refused that approach, however, saying at a Tuesday news conference, "The worst thing you can have is war."

"We declared war, and it didn't work," Lopez Obrador said, referring to the policies of previous administrations. "That is not an option."

Trump has repeatedly raised concerns about levels of gang violence and drug-related crime in Mexico, particularly as it relates to securing the U.S.-Mexico border.

The two countries have stepped up cooperation on that front over the summer, with asylum seekers being returned to Mexico to await hearings, while Mexico has also increased its troop presence on both its northern and southern borders.

a car was completely burned to a shell during the attack near the mexico border © press
A car was completely burned to a shell during the attack near the Mexico border

Early reports indicated the tragedy could have been a case of mistaken identity, but recent history also raises the possibility the LeBaron family was the intended target: only a decade ago, two members of the family opposed to local drug trafficking groups were kidnapped and murdered, according to the New York Times.

Mexico's federal Department of Security and Citizens' Protection said security forces were reinforced with National Guard, army and state police troops in the area following "the reports about disappearance and aggression against several people."

The troops were searching for the missing community members, believed to include 11 children or more.

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, whose own father was born in a Mormon settlement in Mexico, also extended his condolences for the victims and called for the U.S. to get involved.

“Our prayers are with their families who have suffered such an unspeakable tragedy,” he tweeted.

"The U.S. must work with Mexican officials to hold accountable those responsible for this senseless violence."

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