UPDATED 7:59 AM PT — Monday, December 2, 2019
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has denounced President Trump’s latest proposals to crack down on drug cartels. On Sunday, the Mexican leader said a deployment of U.S. forces in Mexico would amount to a “foreign intervention” and would be unacceptable.
Lopez Obrador promised to deliver justice to the victims of cartel violence, and said he’s only open to security cooperation with the U.S. This comes after President Trump said he would designate cartels as “terror organizations” in response to the murder of a U.S. Mormon family in Mexico.
“We thank President Donald Trump for his expressed solidarity after the painful events involving the American-Mexican families,” stated the Mexican president. “We recognize that in both cases, the U.S. President, offered us help and respect.”
Lopez Obrador is calling on all Mexicans to support his campaign to end criminal violence in the country. Meanwhile, protests have erupted in Mexico as members of the Mormon community as well as opposition groups march against the rampant violence throughout the country. This comes as homicides in Mexico reached record levels in 2018, and are expected to be even higher in 2019.