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Former Mexican official threatens to combat President Trump by ending cooperation against drug cartels

February 3, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former Mexican official threatens to combat President Trump by ending cooperation against drug cartels

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President Trump’s strong-armed methods against pleased Mexican officials south of the border.

Following a string of executive orders aimed at expediting the deportation of undocumented immigrants – especially those who have committed crimes and ordering the construction of a wall on the southern border, President Trump has many Mexicans up in arms.

The U.S. President seemed to exasperate the situation in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto after Trump reportedly suggested he send U.S. troops to stop the “bad hombres down there” if Mexico’s military failed to deal with the issue.

Eduardo Sanchez, a spokesman for Mexico’s presidential office, maintained the call was respectful and the remarks were light-hearted, not hostile or humiliating towards Pen Nieto.

To worsen matters, Jorge Castañeda Gutman, the former Secretary of Foreign Affairs in Mexico, took things a step further during an appearance on CNN with Fareed Zakaria when he suggested that Mexico’s former cooperation with the U.S. in controlling the flow of drugs and undocumented immigrants could stop.

“Mexico has a lot of negotiating chips in this matter … but it also has measures we could take in other areas,” Castañeda said. “For example, the drugs that come through Mexico from South America, or the drugs that are produced here in Mexico all go to the United States, this is not our problem.”

“We have been cooperating with the United States for many years on these issues because they’ve asked us to and because we have a friendly, trustful relationship. If that relationship disappears, the reasons for cooperation also disappear,” he added.

Castañeda’s remarks, which are just as reckless as Trump’s rhetoric, suggests the move would be retaliation for strong policies on Mexico and other immigrant-producing countries in Latin America.

However, despite Castañeda’s assessment, the flow of drugs to the U.S. does directly affect Mexico.

Drug cartels have murdered tens of thousands of victims over the past ten years in Mexico alone. Near daily kidnappings, murders, and beheadings have seized daily headlines and terrified the population.

It remains unclear if Mexican officials would favor deliberately ceasing cooperation. However, such a move would only further escalate the drug-related violence and brutality already ravaging Mexico that has been committed with the complicity of corrupt Mexican government officials.

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