WASHINGTON.-Donald Trump will meet Friday with advisors to talk about classifying Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations, Bloomberg journalist Jennifer Jacobs reported.
Under the plan, the State Department could designate cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, placing them in the same category as American enemies, including the Islamic State and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran.
A few weeks ago Trump said he intends to designate Mexican cartels as foreign terrorist organizations, and said he will face the controversy resulting from taking that measure without problems.RELATED
Yes, I will designate the drug cartels. Absolutely, "Trump said when asked about the issue during a radio interview with cura tor Bill O'Reilly.
The US president acknowledged that he has been working on that designation for about 90 days since "the process is not easy."
Trump, however, did not detail the consequences of the designation of these Mexican cartels as terrorist organizations as far as actions are concerned.
"I will not say what I am going to do," Trump replied, asking if he will use drones to carry out attacks.
However, he admitted that he has offered the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, collaboration in the fight against the cartels: "I have offered him to let us in and clean everything, but for the moment he has rejected the offer."
"I really like the president (López Obrador), I get along with this president, much better than with the previous one (Enrique Peña Nieto), and in theory this president has socialist tendencies, but I think he is a good man," he added .
The United States has a long list of organizations designated as terrorists, mostly of Islamist, Marxist or separatist tendencies.
Among these organizations are the Palestinian Hamas and the Lebanese Hezbollah, the Colombian guerrilla National Liberation Army (ELN), the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or the Islamic State (JI) jihadist group.
The designation of cartels as terrorists can lead to new sanctions against these organizations as well as more resources to combat them.
The Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, considered it "unnecessary" to describe the activity of the cartels as "terrorism" as requested by the Government of the United States of Mormon families who were victims of the November 4 massacre.
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