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Mexico Seems 'Caught Off-Guard' by Trump's Comments

President says he will designate its drug cartels as terrorists
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2019 8:37 AM CST
Updated Nov 27, 2019 1:12 PM CST
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(Newser) – President Trump is making a big move against Mexican drug cartels, and it's one he says has been in the works for three months. In an interview with Bill O'Reilly posted online Tuesday that referenced the "more than 100,000 Americans" killed a year via imported drugs, Trump said he would be designating the cartels as terrorist organizations. "I have 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 are well into that process." More:

  • The BBC quotes him as also saying that "I've already offered [Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador] ... to let us go in and clean it out and he so far has rejected the offer but at some point something has to be done."

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