President Donald Trump said in a recently released interview that he is planning to declare Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations.
The president’s decision apparently pressured the Mexican government to seek clarification from the Trump administration.
The process is already in the pipeline, President Trump told author and former Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly during a podcast interview.
“I have been working on that for the last 90 days,” said President Trump, who added, “You know, the designation is not that easy, you have to go through a process, and we are well into that process.”
O’Reilly tweeted, “On Tuesday President tells me he is 90 days into the process of designating Mexican drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations – which would give US forces more leverage in taking them out.
President @realDonaldTrump tells me he is 90 days into the process of designating Mexican drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations – which would give US forces more leverage in taking them out. pic.twitter.com/ewSJMkt6rr
— Bill O’Reilly (@BillOReilly) November 27, 2019
During the interview, O’Reilly commented, “If another country murdered a 100,000 Americans with guns, we’d go to war with that country. Yet the Mexican drug cartels kill more than a hundred thousand Americans every year by the importation of dangerous narcotics.”
“Right,” President Trump repeatedly replied.
“Are you going to designate those cartels in Mexico as terror groups and start hitting them with drones and things like that?” asked O’Reilly.
“I don’t want to say what I am going to do but they will be designated,” replied President Trump, reiterating that he did not want to say what he wanted to do.
But he said that he had offered Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador “to let us go in and clean it out and he so far has rejected the offer.”
“This president has socialist tendencies but I think he’s a very good man,” said President Trump, who then added, “But at some point, some thing has to be done.”
“We’re losing a 100,000 people a year to what’s happening and what’s coming through on Mexico,” said President Trump.
“And they have unlimited money, the people, the cartels because they have a lot of money because it’s drugs money and the human-trafficking money,” continued the president.
“You have see to some of the devices where they put it in cylinders of cars and you cannot tell,” stating, “The equipment you buy for tens of millions of dollars can’t do it.”
“The thing that can sniff it out is a dog,” said President Trump. “A dog can do it. … There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned German Shepard dog,” the president reiterated.
“We’re losing a 100,000 people. Now, multiply that by times 10, the family that are destroyed… You have families that are absolutely destroyed,” said President Trump, who added, “It’s very, very sad situation.”
“I am going to be designating the cartel absolutely,” declared President Trump.
When O’Reilly mentioned to the president that he would be attacked for his decision, President Trump replied, “I don’t care.”
“I am attacked on everything,” said President Trump.
The latest announcement of the Trump administration’s decision came just weeks after the Nov. 4 ambush and shooting of American citizens—six children and three women—in the northern part of Mexico.
The brutal killings shocked Americans and drew the president’s attention that “some thing has to be done,” at some point.