Mexican President Bats Down Trump’s Offer to Help “Wage War” on Cartels

Earlier today, President Trump responded to the brutal attack that left at least 9 Americans dead in Mexico by calling to “wage war” on Mexican Drug Cartels and offer aide.

Per TheHill, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador batted down a Tuesday offer from President Trump to use U.S. military forces against Mexican drug cartels to “wipe them off the face of the earth.”

At his daily morning press conference on Tuesday, López Obrador, who was inaugurated last December, declined the offer, saying, “It’s not in agreement with our convictions. The worst thing is war.”

López Obrador has faced fierce internal criticism for his decision to release Ovidio Guzmán, the son of drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, after cartel gunmen besieged the northern city of Culiacán, killing 13 people, on Oct. 17.

Trump’s offer to wage war against the cartels using U.S. forces in Mexico touches a third rail of Mexican politics, given the history of U.S. intervention in the country.

And it runs afoul of López Obrador’s campaign pledge to end the long-running drug war, which he blames on former President Felipe Calderón, his political nemesis.

Trump has already played a key role in redirecting López Obrador’s security policy.

In May, Trump threatened to impose growing tariffs on all Mexican goods unless the country effectively stymied the growing flow of migrants from Central America.

López Obrador was forced to use his newly created National Guard for immigration enforcement, rather than its initial purpose of combating crime at street level.

The security missteps have fed mounting tension between López Obrador and the Mexican Army, from which he siphoned a majority of the National Guard’s troops.

Gen. Carlos Gaytán Ochoa, a senior Army officer, gave a speech last month saying soldiers “feel offended” by López Obrador’s policies.

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