Calling War ‘Irrational,’ President of Mexico Rejects Trump Offer to Send US Army to Wipe Drug Gangs ‘Off Face of the Earth’

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Tuesday swiftly rejected an offer from U.S. President Donald Trump to send American troops over the border to “wage war” on drug cartels after assailants killed at least nine members of a fundamentalist Mormon family in northern Mexico.

During a press conference Tuesday, López Obrador, commonly known as AMLO, thanked Trump and “any foreign government which wants to help” in the aftermath of the gruesome killing of dual U.S.-Mexican citizens, which authorities believe was carried out by cartel members.

“But in these cases,” AMLO said, “we have to act independently and according to our constitution, and in line with our tradition of independence and sovereignty.”

“War is irrational,” the Mexican president added. “We are for peace.”

AMLO’s comments came after Trump fired off a series of tweets Tuesday morning offering Mexico “help in cleaning out these monsters.”

“The great new President of Mexico has made this a big issue, but the cartels have become so large and powerful that you sometimes need an army to defeat an army!” Trump said. “This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth. We merely await a call from your great new president!”

 

 

In response to Trump’s tweets Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) wrote sarcastically, “Nothing says you’re ‘against endless wars’ like announcing that you want to send U.S. troops ‘to wage WAR’ in Mexico.”

The Intercept‘s Ryan Devereaux noted that the U.S. has been helping Mexico wage a war on drugs for years—with disastrous consequences.

“Active U.S. support for the drug war in Mexico has been the status quo for more than a decade—it has fueled one of the deadliest conflicts in the western hemisphere and destabilized whole regions of the country,” said Devereaux.

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5 Comments on "Calling War ‘Irrational,’ President of Mexico Rejects Trump Offer to Send US Army to Wipe Drug Gangs ‘Off Face of the Earth’"

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Rutokin
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Rutokin

We’ve been fighting the war on drugs with Mexico for over 40 years, what makes el douchebag think anything would change. There’s one bridge that el bone spurs has burned, thanks dumbass

James Anthony
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James Anthony

He’s just an embarrassment to the United States. Twitter should suspend his account for being stupid and ignorant.

Mick owens
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Mick owens

Here in Australia and all south east Asia, the trump show is laughed at. Especially by Americas enemies.. most countries down here are concerned at the damage trump is doing to all our economies and the planet

chris whitley
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chris whitley

Maybe we should donate some reciprocating saws to the resistance. Make it easier to get the drugs across.

Independent
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Independent

There probably wouldn’t be cartels if Americans stopped taking the damn drugs. Lets work on that.