Mexico’s president rejects Trump’s offer to send troops to wage war against drug cartels

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has rejected the offer by President Trump to send the US Army to help wage war against Mexican drug cartels.

Trump had made the offer on Tuesday in reaction to the shooting blamed on drug cartels which killed many including at least nine US citizens.

He tweeted:

”If Mexico needs or requests help in cleaning out these monsters, the United States stands ready, willing & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively. 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!’ 

‘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!’

Despite having good ties with the US and Trump, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador rejected the offer.

‘I don’t think we need the intervention of a foreign government to deal with these cases,’ he said. 

The discussion between both leaders on Tuesday was confirmed by the White House.

‘Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to discuss the recent violence in Mexico and efforts to combat the growing violent behaviour of cartels and criminal groups in the region,’ said White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley in a statement.

‘President Trump made clear that the United States condemns these senseless acts of violence that took the lives of nine American citizens and offered Mexico assistance to ensure the perpetrators face justice. The two leaders also discussed ongoing border cooperation and the strong bilateral ties between the United States and Mexico,’ he added.

Mexico's president rejects Trump's offer to send troops to wage war against drug cartels
Mexico’s president rejects Trump’s offer to send troops to wage war against drug cartels

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