Trump Told Mexican President to Get Control of the Cartels at the Border

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We have a war on our southern border and it’s not only been ignored, the U.S. has allowed the enemy to pour in. This President is taking a different approach. He’s not accepting former president Obama’s contention that it’s our fault because we purchase drugs, he’s shifting some responsibility to Mexico and their violent drug cartels.

In a leaked transcript of President Trump’s conversation with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, the President told him to get control of the “bad hombres” down there or the U.S. would take action, the AP reported.

President Trump expects the Mexican military to do more according to this report which the Mexican president said is not accurate.  The White House refused to comment.

“You have a bunch of bad hombres down there,” Trump allegedly told Pena Nieto, according to the excerpt given to AP. “You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.”

An anonymous source provided only that excerpt.

The Mexican website Aristegui Noticias on Tuesday published a similar account of the phone call, based on the reporting of journalist Dolia Estevez.

“It was a very offensive conversation where Trump humiliated Peña Nieto.”

Estevez said that while both the White House and the Mexican president have released information about the call, both sides characterized it as a “friendly” conversation and neither disclosed what was said.

Mexico’s foreign relations department denied that account, saying it “is based on absolute falsehoods.”

At a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May last week, Trump described his call with Pena Nieto as “friendly.”

In a statement, the White House said the two leaders acknowledged their “clear and very public differences” and agreed to work through the immigration disagreement as part of broader discussions on the relationship between their countries.

Barack Obama had a different approach.

The prior administration aided and abetted drug cartels.

In February, 2014, General Kelly, who is now Homeland Security secretary, warned of the danger on our southern border. Commander of U.S. Southern Command at the time, he said in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee that  the violence on the border was an existential threat.

“In comparison to other global threats, the near collapse of societies in the hemisphere with the associated drug and [undocumented immigrant] flow are frequently viewed to be of low importance,” Kelly told Defense One. “Many argue these threats are not existential and do not challenge our national security. I disagree,” Defense One reported.

There was no doubt in his mind that criminals could easily bring weapons of mass destruction across our border.

“Clearly, criminal networks can move just about anything on these smuggling pipelines,” General Kelly said in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee in February, 2014. “Terrorist organizations could seek to leverage those same smuggling routes to move operatives with intent to cause grave harm to our citizens or even quite easily bring weapons of mass destruction into the United States.”

It is known that Hezbollah is active on the southern border.

“Supporters and sympathizers of Lebanese Hezbollah are involved in both licit and illicit activities in the region,” Kelly told Congress. “Members, supporters, and adherents of Islamic extremist groups are present in Latin America. Islamic extremists visit the region to proselytize, recruit, establish business venues to generate funds, and expand their radical networks. Some Muslim communities in the Caribbean and South America are exhibiting increasingly extremist ideology and activities, mostly as a result from ideologues’ activities and external influence from the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. Mr. Chairman, we take all these activities seriously.”


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