Mexico’s president announced Monday that he will reject any designation of cartels as terrorist organizations by the U.S. government.
During his morning press conference, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) said he would not accept the U.S.’s potential designation of cartels as foreign terrorist organizations–which could enable direct actions in Mexico.
"We will never accept that, we are not ‘vendepatrias’ (nation sellers),” Lopez Obrador said.
The president’s statements come after the relatives of nine U.S. women and children who died in a cartel ambush in Sonora revealed they would be meeting with President Donald Trump. The family is expected to ask for some cartels to be labeled as terrorist organizations.
Last week, Tamaulipas Governor Francisco Cabeza de Vaca used the term “narco-terrorism” to refer to the brazen attacks on citizens of Nuevo Laredo by a faction of Los Zetas Cartel called Cartel Del Noreste. Cabeza de Vaca publicly called out Mexico City for past inaction in confronting Los Zetas.
Earlier this year, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) filed legislation for the most violent cartels in Mexico to be labeled as a foreign terrorist organizations, a move that would limit cartel members’ abilities to travel and provide tools to better clamp down on financial transactions, Breitbart Texas reported.
On Monday morning, Lopez Obrador’s foreign relations minister Marcelo Ebrard called designations unnecessary and inconvenient, adding that the U.S. and Mexico have a healthy working relationship in fighting cartels. According to Ebrard, terrorist designations would give the U.S. the legal avenue to take direct action on cartels on Mexican soil.
Makes sense. The only way a politician is permitted to live in that shitshow narcostate is if they take bribes and look the other way. Those who refuse get taken to Funkytown.
Damn. I really hope that the Trump administration does something about this. It’s clear that AMLO is corrupt and on the take. If we are giving them any kind of foreign assistance that needs to stop immediately. We need to stop propping up failed states. We need to get that wall built and kick every one of their citizens back over to the other side of it.
Mexico can reject whatever they want. It doesn’t change the fact that the US is still going to designate the drug cartels as terrorist organizations. I think they are about to feel some pain.
Quite so. As well as not allowing money transfers to Mexico and travel bans.
Best make sure those walls are built and ready to rock and roll.
100% with you on this. Even if the left tried to block it using an activist judge I don’t think they would have a leg to stand on because this issue is really spiraling out of control and clearly poses a direct threat to US national security.
We have El Chapo in custody. He doesn’t look like such a tough guy. Maybe some of our talented people can work him over on a live stream to his family. Let’s just call it lead pipe diplomacy. We should talk to the cartels directly in a language that they understand.
Of course he’ll say this. Labelling cartels (quite correctly) as terrorists allows the US to employ increased economic and political sanctions against Mexico’s lucrative drug trade. This piece of shit is probably in their pockets.
Is anyone surprised that the dirty little taco ■■■ sides with his own against us? Even though the pigs he’s siding with are responsible for horrible atrocities it is not enough when it comes to this. You see as the Repubs puke out shit like “that’s not who we are” our enemies gain more ground every day.
When the heck are we going to reach critical mass dammit
Mexicans are fed up with his dude and are demanding a recall. Hardcore leftist feminists marched in a number of major cities today in Mexico and destroyed all sorts of historical monuments. Apparently the locals are pissed and are hanging these signs:
Except he’s not doing that…
That was my first thought as well, who cares if he rejects it! When you’ve got cartel terrorism spilling over into the USA or even 25 miles from the USA border we have the right to designate them anyway we want in order to protect and defend American citizens and that designation would give us more tools to do just that.
Mexico is violating its own sovereignty by being incapable of reducing the cartels threat to its citizens. Its up to AMLO to weed out the corruption in the government.
Mexico like most countries, won’t do anything unless they’re threatened with the loss of our foreign aid.
The President has the responsibility to protect the citizens from these barbaric animals.