Mexico City / 06.12.2019 18:07:06
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, said that they have completed all the work to declare the Mexican cartels as terrorists, but at the request of their Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the designation will be delayed and they will focus on working together to attack these criminal groups.RELATED
…. will temporarily hold off this designation and step up our joint efforts to deal decisively with these vicious and ever-growing organizations!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2019
Through his Twitter account, Trump said they are ready to make the designation, but will eventually be delayed "at the request of a man I respect and who has worked so well with us, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador."
On November 26, the US president said he would designate Mexican cartels as terrorists for their role in drug trafficking and people.
"They will be appointed … I have been working on that for the past 90 days. You know, the designation is not that easy, you have to go through a process and we are well into that process," Trump said at the time.
The request to declare the Mexican cartels as terrorists was made by the Langford family, one of those affected by the attack on the borders of Sonora and Chihuahua where nine people died, six of them minors.
"They seek political power to create a narco-state in Mexico … We cannot afford to continue with the same failed policies that are used to combat organized crime. They are terrorists, and it is time to recognize it!" Said the Langford family in the Letter sent to the White House.