President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Nov. 26, told American journalist Bill O’Reilly in an interview that he will be declaring the Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations (FTO), in turn giving government officials added resources to counter such entities.
“One of the things that you’ve said to me … is that if another country murdered 100,000 Americans with guns we would go to war with that country,” O’Reilly said to President Trump on the interview that aired on O’Reilly.com. “Yet, the Mexican drug cartels kill more than 100,000 Americans every year by the importation of dangerous narcotics.”
“Are you going to designate those cartels in Mexico as terror groups?” O’Reilly asked.
“I don’t want to say what I am going to do, but they will be designated,” President Trump replied. “I’ve already offered Mexico … to let us go in and clean it out and he so far has rejected the offer but at some point something has to be done. Look, we are losing 100,000 people a year to what is happening and what is coming through on Mexico.”
When asked by O’Reilly whether the president is going to designate the Mexican cartels as terror groups,” President Trump reassured that he will be.
“Yeah, I will be,” President Trump responded. “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.”
“They’ll attack you for doing that,” O’Reilly pointed out, only to be met with an unfazed President Trump.
“I don’t care,” the president responded. “I’m attacked on everything.”
Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) earlier this year has introduced a bill to declare select Mexican cartels as FTOs, according to a Mar. 12 Breitbart report.
“Cartels are the problem and it is time we started acting like it,” Roy said in a written statement. “My colleague Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.) and I are asking Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to conduct a review in order to designate these specific Mexican drug cartels Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs).”
Roy and Green have designated the Reynosa/Los Metros faction of the Gulf Cartel, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), and the Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) faction of Los Zetas as FTOs.
The representatives, according to Breitbart, deemed these factions to be FTOs “because of their particularly violent actions and intentional strategies to affect the political system.”
“These cartels push for an anarchic form of government which allows them to skirt laws and push their terrorist model without any legal ramifications,” Roy said.
“Americans know that it is time to get tough and secure our southern border through physical barriers and better enforcement,” Green pointed out. “The president is using the money Congress sent him to begin building a wall, and now we must follow up with this new designation that will empower our law enforcement agents to fight the cartels.”