Trump tells Mexico time to ‘wage war’ against drug cartels, says US ready to annihilate them ‘quickly’

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President Donald Trump presented to the Mexican government Tuesday morning an opportunity to “wipe” the murderous drug cartels from the face of the earth.

The offer comes after six children and three women living in a Mormon community of US citizens in Mexico were shot to death on Monday in a brazen daylight ambush believed to have been carried out by gunmen affiliated with the drug cartels, Fox News reported.

“This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth. We merely await a call from your great new president!” Trump tweeted.

In a pair of separate tweets, Trump offered details on the tragedy, saying “sometimes an army is needed to defeat an army!”

“A wonderful family and friends from Utah got caught between two vicious drug cartels, who were shooting at each other, with the result being many great American people killed, including young children, and some missing,” he said. “If Mexico needs or requests help in cleaning out these monsters, the United States stands ready, willing & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively. The great new President of Mexico has made this a big issue, but the cartels have become so large and powerful that you sometimes need an army to defeat an army!”

Those killed were reportedly members of the LeBaron family, an American clan who have lived in the fundamentalist community in northern Mexico for decades — there were five children injured when their convoy came under. One child is missing.

Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared on “Fox & Friends” to say the U.S. has been “hiding from reality” over the power of Mexican drug cartels and the chokehold they have on the Mexican government.

“The cartels have grown richer, stronger, bigger,” Gingrich said. “They are a direct threat to the Mexican government. Much more than the attention we’ve paid to Syria or Iraq or Afghanistan.”


“Mexico is a vital American interest,” he told the Fox News morning crew. “And, our desire to make sure the Mexican government defeats the cartels, should be enormous.”

“And I hope this will be a wake-up call,” Gingrich added. “That we had better find a way to have a partnership with the Mexican government and help them with whatever intelligence training equipment they need to decisively defeat the cartels who are now, frankly, a state within a state.”

According to some reports, the attack may have been a case of mistaken identity, though the family has been targeted before, according to the New York Times, which reported two family members opposed to local drug traffickers were kidnapped and murdered a decade ago.

In another comparison to the Middle East, Gingrich said “like Lebanon,” Mexico cannot control its own territory and the U.S. has a “huge interest” because it’s our “next-door neighbor.”

“And, much bigger than we do in Syria or a lot of the places we pay attention to,” he said. “Mexico’s a much more important part of our future than those countries are.”


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