The president of the United States, Donald Trump, assured that his government already has everything necessary to classify Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups, but, for the moment, he will suspend the change “at the request of a man whom I respect and He has worked well with the United States, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. ”
The announcement was made a day later by US Attorney William Barr meeting in Mexico City with President López Obrador.
AMLO welcomed Trump's decision and that he "took our opinion into account," which, he said, showed that he respects Mexico.RELATED
“I also respect President Donald Trump very much because he is demonstrating with facts that he is respectful of Mexico, respectful of our people and respectful of our national sovereignty.
"Mexico is a free, independent, sovereign country. Our Constitution is very clear. We do not accept intervention, we do not accept that any hegemony, no foreign power decides on what corresponds exclusively to Mexicans.
“That is why we thank President Trump for respecting our decisions and for choosing to maintain a good neighborhood policy, a policy of cooperation with us and he will always have the open, frank hand on our side, extended to continue moving forward together in good of our peoples and for the good of our two nations, ”said the Mexican president during a working tour of the state of Tabasco.
Trump put the Mexican government on the defensive when he said he will "definitely" continue with his plans to label Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations.
The US president said last week during a radio interview that tens of thousands of Americans die each year because of drug trafficking and other cartel activities. However, the Mexican government refuses, worried that such a measure would allow its northern neighbor to violate its sovereignty by operating unilaterally in Mexican territory.
"I've been working on that for the past 90 days," Trump responded to former Fox News Channel driver Bill O'Reilly, after he asked if he would soon make such a designation.
O'Reilly had asked Trump if he would issue such a designation for the cartels and "start attacking them with drones and things like that."
Trump's proposal was motivated by the murder of nine members of an American Mormon family on the border of the states of Sonora and Chihuahua in northern Mexico, at the hands of the La Line criminal groups.
All the dead of the LeBarón family were women and children, which shocked public opinion and unleashed a series of protests from all sectors in both Mexico and the United States.
After the attack, Trump tweeted that "it is time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage a war against drug cartels and eliminate them from the face of the Earth."
Trump also said in the interview that López Obrador had rejected his offer of "let's go in and clean it," but that "at some point, something has to be done."
"Look, we lose 100,000 people a year with what happens and what comes through Mexico," Trump said in reference to the lives of Americans. "And they have unlimited money, people, cartels, because they have a lot of money, because it's drug money and human trafficking money."
Trump's intention to name the cartels terrorist organizations was rejected by both President López Obrador and Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, who said the classification of terrorist group carries legal implications and that US law would then allow the United States government act "directly" against those groups.
"That, of course, I would never accept," said Ebrard. Although the United States and Mexico have a history of cooperating in the fight against cartels, especially sharing information, Mexico's concern was that US forces may attack cartels independently, violating the country's sovereignty.
This list includes 68 international groups, of which two of them are Latin American.