UPDATED 8:57 AM PT — Tuesday, November 5, 2019
President Trump said it’s time for Mexico to wage war on the country’s drug cartels with the help of the U.S. In a series of tweets Tuesday, the president weighed in on the recent killing of an American family in Northern Mexico. It happened Monday about 70 miles from the U.S. border.
The suspected cartel attack left at least six children and three women dead as well as several others injured. Five of the victims were discovered in a charred SUV and four others were found in a separate unidentified location. President Trump has called the killings “vicious” and assured the U.S. stands ready to get involved in efforts to battle the dangerous cartels.
….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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2019
Family members of the victims say they are in complete shock.
“We just can’t believe that this has actually happened to our family, this seems like a bad dream. We just knew their vehicle was on fire and there was bullet holes all around it, and that they were all dead. My sister was in one with nine of her children, and then my sister was in one with her baby.” — Leah Staddon, family member to victims
Surviving family members say they are in touch with the American consulate in Mexico as local authorities continue to investigate the attack.