President Donald Trump said in a recent interview with former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly that a Mexican cartel could be designated as a terrorist group.
When asked the issue Trump replied, “I don’t want to say what I’m going to do, but they will be designated.”
When pressed on the issue later in the interview, the president replied that, “Absolutely,” he would designate them as terrorists. “I’ve been working on that for the last 90 days. You know, designation is not that easy, you have to go through a process, and we’re well into that process.”
That interview prompted a response from Mexico’s foreign ministry who said in a statement later on Tuesday that they would look to have a meeting with the State Department officials about the designation and the flow of money that goes to organized crime in their country, according to Fox News.
Mexico’s foreign ministry said in a statement later Tuesday that it would seek a high-level meeting with State Department officials to address the designation and the flow of money to organized crime, The Hill reported.
“The foreign minister will establish contact with his counterpart, Michael R. Pompeo, in order to discuss this very important issue for the bilateral agenda,” the ministry said.
As Red Blue Divide previously reported, Arizona’s Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels has lobbied for Mexican drug cartels to be viewed like middle eastern terrorists in terms of the violence that they are willing to commit against Americans.
Dannels appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and spoke to the issue of nine Americans who were ambushed and killed by the drug cartels, saying that it has been troubling for the community they called home.
“Think about what ISIS does and think about what the cartels do. They terrorize,” Dannels said according to Fox News. “They kill both their own citizens — they kill Americans, as demonstrated last night.”
“We know one thing for sure, the cartels are behind it,” he said.
Dannels also drew a parallel between ISIS’s famed history of beheading its captives, saying that the cartel has a habit of treating their victims in the same type of way.
“It’s time we step up and list them as terrorists,” Dannels said of the drug cartels.
“Back in June, we had double-digit homicides by the cartels in the same areas,” he added. “It’s a sad day in our international community down here.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.