Better keep that shocked face handy. President Trump told veteran journalist Bill O’Reilly that he will designate some Mexican cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO). His comments came during an interview released on Tuesday. This is fantastic news… it will give our military and government far more leeway in dealing with these monsters. “The Mexican drug cartels kill more than 100,000 Americans every year by the importation of dangerous narcotics,” O’Reilly said to Trump during an interview aired on O’Reilly.com. “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 stated. “He, so far, has rejected the offer. But at some point, something has to be done.” Trump explained that the cartels have “unlimited money” from drug smuggling and human trafficking. “I’ve been working on that for the last 90 days,” Trump said. “You know, designation is not that easy, you have to go through a process, and we are well into that process.”
The interview comes after a U.S.-Mexican family was ambushed by cartel gunmen. The family — which belongs to a Mormon fundamentalist group that has lived in Mexico for years — was driving not far from the border when they were suddenly attacked, killing nine of them and leaving others to seek refuge in a nearby town. Of the nine who were killed, three were women and six were children.
“The President told Breitbart News earlier this year that he was thinking about the designation. “We’re thinking about doing it very seriously. In fact, we’ve been thinking about it for a long time,” he said during an Oval Office interview.
“It’s psychological, but it’s also economic,” the President explained. “As terrorists — as terrorist organizations, the answer is yes. They are.”
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
“Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) told reporters on Monday that he would not accept a move to designate cartels as FTOs, Breitbart Texas reported. “We will never accept that, we are not ‘vendepatrias’ (nation sellers),” the Mexican president stated.
“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,” Breitbart Texas journalist Ildefonso Ortiz and Breitbart Border/Cartel Chronicles project Director Brandon Darby wrote. “According to Ebrard, terrorist designations would give the U.S. the legal avenue to take direct action on cartels on Mexican soil.”
Reminder: Trump will likely push to declare some Mex cartels as foreign terror orgs. That will change everything. https://t.co/2tb2aaL3nR
— Brandon Darby (@brandondarby) October 27, 2016
“In March, U.S. Representative Chip Roy (R-TX) introduced legislation to direct the U.S. State Department to designate certain factions of Mexican cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, Breitbart Texas reported at the time.
“Cartels are the problem and it is time we started acting like it,” Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) said in a written statement. “My colleague Rep. Mark Green (R-TN) and I are asking Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to conduct a review in order to designate these specific Mexican drug cartels Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs).”
“The bill from the Republican representatives calls for the designation of the following cartel factions as FTOs:
- The Reynosa/Los Metros faction of the Gulf Cartel
- The Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG)
- The Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) faction of Los Zetas
“Breitbart News’ Cartel Chronicles is on the front line reporting the gruesome crimes carried out by these groups. And Brandon Darby has been leading the call for more than three years in calling for the designation of certain cartel factions as FTOs.”
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
Being designated as a terrorist organization ignites a host of limitations. Members are prohibited from entering the U.S., and people are legally barred from knowingly providing support to the group. Additionally, financial institutions are bound by law not to conduct business with the group.
Mexico’s president reassured his people and the cartels that “there is nothing to fear” over recent statements made by President Trump in regard to designating some cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs). “I just want to tell everyone that there is nothing to fear,” said Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), who declined to elaborate about the topic which sparked controversy since Tuesday night.
So Mexico’s president is all for protecting these killers. Good to know.
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
The putz even went on to say he was sending a big hug to all Americans for Thanksgiving and this was no time for political posturing. Gee, that should be a great comfort to those who have had family members murdered by the cartels.
“It was a mistake, a crime to have declared war on drug trafficking. We are still suffering the effects of that wrong decision of foolishly striking the hornet’s nest,” Lopez Obrador said. “We are responsible but not to blame for the [organized crime] groups here.” That doesn’t even make sense… if you are responsible, you are to blame. And he’s giving them free rein. That’s because he’s corrupt and complicit just as most of the Mexican government is. They all have blood on their hands.
Texas GOP Rep. Chip Roy, who introduced legislation months ago to designate these drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations, was thrilled by Trump’s announcement.
“I’m happy to see that President Trump is poised to declare certain dangerous Mexican drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Such a designation is a huge development in taking on the absolute evil they perpetrate on Americans, our friends in Mexico, and migrants seeking a better life,” Roy said in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation.
“By taking this action, we are putting these cartels on notice. The United States will not sit idly as you abuse, torture, and murder innocent people across our southern border,” Roy continued.
According to Reuters, “Mexico’s foreign minister said on Monday he did not expect the United States to make such a move.” What a fool… of course, Trump will make this move and he should. Let the games kick into high gear over this. If you kill Americans expect to get your hiney kicked but good both physically and economically.