President Trump appears to have the Mexican government on edge.
Trump on Tuesday told former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly in an interview that he's ready to move ahead with plans to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations. He didn't give any precise information like a timetable for the designation or an idea of how the U.S. would alter its plan against the cartels, but he did sound adamant about the fact that it's going to happen.
Mexico's leaders were not thrilled with the news. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Wednesday that, while he hopes to continue transnational cooperation with Washington as the two countries try to rein in the cartels, he won't support full-on American intervention. Obrador said he'll take up the issue with the U.S. after the Thanksgiving holiday and is reportedly planning to send Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard to lead the talks.
Ebrard weighed in on the issue Wednesday, as well, saying he will not put Mexico in any situation where its sovereignty is at risk.
Mexican Foreign Minister Ebrard: "Mexico will never allow any actions that violate its national sovereignty. We will be firm. I have let the United States know my position, as well as our plan against organized transnational crime. Mutual respect is the basis of cooperation." https://t.co/aGB7ZMoin7
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