President Trump designated Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations, shocking Mexican officials

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he will designate the powerful Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations, allowing the United States government to take decisive action against the narco-organizations.

Speaking with former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, Trump said, “They will be designated.”

“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,” he explained, Reuters reported.

Trump, however, did not elaborate on specifics, but suggested that U.S. action is meant to help topple the cartels.

Designating the cartels as terrorist organizations is a powerful measure. Under U.S. law, it is illegal to knowingly support designated terrorist organizations, and people associated with designated organizations are barred from entering the U.S. Financial institutions are also prohibited from doing business with designated organizations.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration was “caught off-guard” by the announcement, the New York Times reported. Mexico’s foreign ministry said in a statement they want to meet with senior-level U.S. diplomats “as soon as possible” to discuss Trump’s actions.

Some worry that designating the cartels as terrorist organizations will damper U.S.-Mexico relations, specifically in economic and trade matters.

Arturo Sarukhan, the former Mexican ambassador to the U.S., told the Washington Post that former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush also considered formally designating the cartels, but backed down after learning of the harmful impacts such action could have on U.S.-Mexican relations.

10 thoughts on “President Trump designated Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations, shocking Mexican officials

  1. Designate them terrorist organizations, identify their headquarters, factories and send in a C-130 with a MOAB, escorted by F-35’s and level the area, no warning given. These organizations have killed more Mexicans and Americans over the years than a MOAB could kill in an unexplained blast leveling a half mile circle where they use to be. Just let the Mexican government know 15 minutes ahead of time so they don’t have time to warn the drug cartels. Hit them all at once.

    1. 15 minutes is too long if you believe that the Mexican government won’t warn them. 15 seconds… maybe… minutes… they’ll scurry like a bunch of cockroaches and have operations back up and running within the next day.

  2. Mexican government should be applauding this decision by President Trump designating the Mexican cartels a terrorist organization. Any government officials of Mexico disapproving this move is corrupt and in it with the cartels. No other reason!!!! Great move President Trump!!!!

  3. well if he called them terrorists, then I will say that he most likely is right……..
    Look what they just did down in Mexico to a Utah family, and I’m sure THAT is NOT something we have NOT heard about before from those “brutal monsters”……
    I’m sure nobody like to hear something like that about their own people, but truth does NOT always sound the way you want it to………….

  4. it is about time somebody in the district of corruption pulled their head out of the sand and did something about the southern border problems .either start blocking the border permanently or make the cartel decide it is not healthy to even be there…a couple of A-10 warthogs and a few truck loads of 30mm high explosive cannon shells placed in the correct location will get the message across to anybody that has not been listening..

  5. Just because prior idiots in the oval office was too chicken to do it does not mean a for real president can’t or shouldn’t get the job done >>>

  6. Go ahead and do the deed President Trump unlike the leftist liberals we’ve got your back and taking these criminal terrorists out is a necessity to help reduce needless American deaths and an end to a revenue stream for some corrupt politicians…

  7. As the President stated, they’re terrorists, plain and simple. They prove it on any given day, the murders committed are atrocious, their government is appalled by our President’s statement. The Mexican government is as corrupt as it comes, allowing El Chapo’s son to go free from prison, because it was intimated by the cartels, give me a break….

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