21 ble drept i skuddveksling mellom narkokarteller og politi i Mexico lørdag, bare en times kjøring fra grensen mot Texas.
At least 21 people were killed, including four police officers, during a gun battle between suspected Mexican drug cartel members and security forces near the U.S–Mexico border, it was reported.
Trump har startet prosessen med å få erklært narkokartellene som terrororganisasjoner. Det gir amerikanske myndigheter helt andre muligheter til å bekjempe dem.
In an interview on Nov. 26, Trump told former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly: “I don’t want to say what I’m going to do, but they will be designated.”
He said the United States has suggested to Mexico “to let us go in and clean it out and [the President of Mexico] so far has rejected the offer. But at some point, something has to be done.”
Later that week, Lopez Obrador bristled at Trump’s remarks, saying that “armed foreigners cannot intervene in our territory.”
Trump said that his administration is already in the process of getting the terrorist designation for the cartels.
“I have 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.”
President Obrador har motsatt seg amerikansk «hjelp». Men situasjonen er ved å komme ut av kontroll.
Drapskurven er stigende. Over 29.000 mennesker er drept så langt i år.
So far this year, federal officials said there have been 29,414 homicides in Mexico; in the year-earlier period, there were 28,869 homicides.