Trump Will ‘Temporarily’ Delay Declaring Mexican Cartels as Terrorist Organization


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Donald Trump indicated on Saturday that he would “temporarily hold off” declaring Mexican drug cartels a terrorist organization.

The president suggested he made his decision to delay the announcement at the request of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

As for dealing “decisively” with the cartels, Trump better find another partner. Lopez-Obrador’s new anti-cartel policy — “hugs, not bullets” — isn’t slowing down the murder rate or making anyone anywhere in Mexico safer.

But Mexico has deployed the army to fight the cartels since 2007 with dismal results. His country needs help — only help that the U.S. military can give.

The Hill:

Trump first  announced last month that he would designate the cartels as terrorists, prompting Mexican officials to seek further talks with the U.S.

“I’ve been working on that for the last 90 days,” Trump said at the time. “You know, designation is not that easy, you have to go through a process, and we’re well into that process.”

“The foreign minister will establish contact with his counterpart, Michael R. Pompeo, in order to discuss this very important issue for the bilateral agenda,” Mexico’s foreign ministry responded.

Trump’s November remarks followed an attack in northern Mexico that killed several U.S. citizens. Mexican organized crime groups are believed to be behind the killings.

Republicans have voiced support for designating cartels as terrorist groups in the past.

Lopez-Obrador is a far-left politician whose ideas on what to do about cartel violence are not working.


“This is no longer a war. It is no longer about force, confrontation, annihilation, extermination, or killing in the heat of the moment,” the president said in one of the four news conferences he dedicated to the events in Culiacán last week alone. “This is about thinking how to save lives and achieve peace and tranquility in the country using other methods.”

By “other methods,” the president – who is often referred to as Amlo – means social programmes to alleviate extreme poverty, exhortations towards good behaviour, and the insistence that he has now banned corruption. He has pledged to offer “abrazos no balazos” – hugs not bullets. He has also created a new militarized national police force, though this had yet to take a significant role in operations against organized crime.

The problem, security experts say, is that nothing in Amlo’s strategy directly addresses the terrifying power of the country’s criminal underworld – which was brazenly displayed in Culiacán on 17 October.

On October 17 in Culiacán, police captured the son of notorious cartel leader El Chapo, only to meekly let him go when cartel soldiers surrounded the town. This is the kind of thing that ISIS would do, and designating the cartels as terrorists would seem to be both logical and reasonable given the facts.

But Lopez-Obrador has political problems at the moment and Trump’s action would have automatically led to some legal steps taken by the U.S. government against Mexico that might have affected the economy.

Trump shouldn’t wait long to go through with his plan. While the violence sometimes spills over onto the U.S. side of the border, the situation could get worse in American border communities. And if the cartels keep murdering American citizens, they will have to face the best-trained military in the world.

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  1. The Mexican DRUG cartels ARE TERRORIST organizations and need to not ONLY be labeled as such but dealt with ASAP. Their actions are showing us EXACTLY who and what they are, and NEED to be WIPED OUT. Their violence is crossing into U.S. Territory and the Mexican AUTHORITIES are helpless to do anything about it. Team Trump and his allies 2020 – KAGA (Keep America Great Again).

    • Mexican authorities are helpless because the cartels are in the government. Trump is telling them your government is a big cartel. This has been known for a long time.


    These are NOT asylum seekers nor is this immigration, rather it is an INVASION of ILLEGAL ALIENS into our once great country!

    We already have some 30 million-plus ILLEGAL ALIEN INVADERS, and now we MUST STOP this continued invasion in its tracks. ALL MUST BE DEPORTED BACK TO THEIR OWN COUNTRY.

    Time to SHUT DOWN our southern border and STOP ALL FEDERAL-AID going to foreign countries. Start charging a 25% REMITTANCE FEE ON ALL MONEY BEING SENT TO MEXICO, and other Central American countries.

    BOYCOTT MEXICO, and other Central American countries!!!

    END DACA, End Chain Migration, End Anchor babies, Make E-VERIFY MANDATORY, REDUCE the number of legal immigrants entering the USA, CLOSE LOOPHOLES in our immigration laws, End TPS, Build the Wall, and ENFORCE our current immigration laws.


    The invasion started before 1986 and has continued to this day, only many times the total each year going even higher of ILLEGAL ALIEN INVADERS entering the US ILLEGALLY.

    Time to put our military on our southern border and finally put a STOP to this insane madness. BY ALLOWING THEM TO DO WHAT THEY HAVE TRAINED FOR—-PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY AND ITS CITIZENS. If that means separating children from their parents in order to prosecute the ILLEGAL INVADERS, then so be it!

  3. PRESIDENT TRUMP NEEDS TO DO THIS! We can’t keep letting these other Countries terrorists get away with this!
    WHY GIVE THEM BENEFITS WHEN THEY COME HERE ILLEGALLY? They are getting more benefits and help than WE THE PEOPLE ARE!

  4. Build the wall, deport illegals, shut down the sanctuary cities and states.
    Use the seal teams to take out the cartels in mexico. If the mexican government resist take them out also

  5. yes the cARTEL has to be taken out, if not they will if not already infiltrate our government i’m talking DEMOCRAPS they are so hungry for money. We could use the extra land and then it will be safe to go to the mexico beach.

  6. Don’t delay declaring the Mexican Cartels as Terrorist Organization cause they are terrorists. The Mexican president is afraid and owned by the Cartels.

  7. Big mistake. L.O. is a socialist Chavista involved in the drug cartels corruption. He, Maduro, and Morales are tied in a corruption ring.
    Lopez Obrador Is a populist liar.

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