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Trump: Mexican president ‘very willing’ to accept US troops to fight drug cartels

February 7, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Trump: Mexican president ‘very willing’ to accept US troops to fight drug cartels

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President Donald Trump thinks that Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto would be “very willing” to receive U.S. military support to assist in the fight against drug cartels.

In an interview that aired on Sunday afternoon, Trump verified to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that he had conversed with Pena Nieto about partnering to destroy the cartels and using U.S. soldiers to support.

“We have to do something about the cartels. I want to help him with it,” Trump stated. “He seemed very willing to get help because he has a problem… and it’s a problem for us. Don’t forget those cartels are operating in our country. They’re poisoning the youth of our country.”

Pena Nieto was set to visit Trump in Washington but withdrew his offer after Trump signed an executive order necessitating that a wall on the southern border is built.

The following day, both leaders spoke in a phone conversation that included Trump telling Pena Nieto that he would send troops south of the border if he did not defeat the cartels.

“You have bad hombres down there,” Trump reportedly told the Mexican President. “You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I might send them down to take care of it.”

In the interview, Trump reemphasized his support for the Mexican administration and said the comment was meant to provide assistance with fighting the cartels and drug distribution to the U.S., which he views as Mexico’s “No. 1” issue.

The comments made by the U.S. President comes after Mexico’s government revealed homicides had skyrocketed by a whopping 22 percent in 2016, which is the highest increase since the height of the drug war in 2010.

The Interior Department released last year’s official numbers, which showed the spiraling murder rate in Mexico surged in 2016 to 20,789 mostly drug-related killings from the prior year’s figure of 17,034.

Specifically, officials said the homicide rate tripled in Mexico’s Pacific State of Colima, which is ground zero for a brutal turf war between the Sinaloa cartel and Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

The Gulf coast of Veracruz also saw murders double last year largely due to drug-related violence.

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