Trump Designates Mexican Cartels as 'Terrorist Organizations,' Mexico Responds
Mexico City immediately calls for meeting with president after announcement
President Donald Trump, on Tuesday, told Bill O’Reilly he would designate some Mexican cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO), which prompted Mexico City to call for a “meeting” with U.S. officials after his announcement.
Speaking on the homicide figures, O’Reilly said to Trump during the interview aired on O’Reilly.com:
“The Mexican drug cartels kill more than 100,000 Americans every year by the importation of dangerous narcotics."
“Are you going to designate those cartels in Mexico as terror groups?”
“They will be designated … I have offered him (the Mexican president) to let us go in and clean it out,” President Trump responded.
“He, so far, has rejected the offer. But at some point, something has to be done.”
Trump emphasized the “unlimited money” the cartels have through drug smuggling and human trafficking.
“I’ve been working on that for the last 90 days,” Trump stated.
“You know, designation is not that easy, you have to go through a process, and we are well into that process.”
Following the president's remarks, Mexico’s Foreign Relations Ministry issued a statement reaching out to their U.S. counterparts to explore the consequences that terrorist designations would entail.
“Given the good relations that exist between both countries, the Government of Mexico will seek to have a high-level meeting as soon as possible to present Mexico’s position and to learn the viewpoints of the authorities from the U.S.”
Actually, I want factions of cartels declared as foreign terror orgs and leaders (and their funds) who helped the cartels seized. https://t.co/98poUFYpzg— Brandon Darby (@brandondarby) January 28, 2017
5. The US could help by identifying the most ruthless factions of certain Mexican cartels -CDN and the Reynosa faction of the Gulf cartel- as foreign terror orgs and going after them accordingly...— Brandon Darby (@brandondarby) November 24, 2018
Earlier this month, Trump called on Mexico to "wage war" against Mexican cartel "monsters" after several American citizens were killed in a bloody shootout.
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!”