Mexican president threatens Republicans who urge US military to target drug cartels

Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador has threatened to launch an official “information campaign” against Republican lawmakers in the United States.

“I hope they either treat Mexico differently or start an intelligence campaign in the United States starting today to tell all my fellow Mexicans to know about the Republican attacks on Mexico,” said Lopez Obrador. A Thursday during a press conference.

Several Republicans in Congress have called on the US to step up its fight against Mexican drug cartels following the kidnapping and two murders of four Americans in the Mexican border city of Matamoros. Did. Do it.

“The kidnapping and murder of an American citizen in Matamoros proves that Mexico is a drug state,” Rep. August Flugger (Republican of Texas) told the Epoch Times. “President Biden must make it clear that this horrific violence will not go unpunished. I have to.”

Pflueger’s call to action comes after Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) and Mike Waltz (R-Florida) introduced a bill in January to create a Use Military Force Authorization (AUMF) to target Mexican drug cartels. ) are also shared. in mexico.

“The cartels [at] It’s poisoning more than 80,000 Americans with fentanyl each year, causing crises at our borders and turning Mexico into a failed drug state,” Crenshaw said. “It is time to target them directly. My law puts us at war with the cartels by allowing the use of military force against them. We cannot destabilize and allow people and drugs to be imported into the U.S. We must start treating them like ISIS.

war of words

At his press conference, Lopez Obrador specifically called out Crenshaw. posted a video message I asked the Mexican president in Spanish on Wednesday why López Obrador rejected the US military’s offer to take action against the Mexican drug cartels.

“Yesterday was the last straw. [to] Me this morning, this man, [Crenshaw] Lopez Obrador dares to say that they are trying to invade our territory using the US military like an invasion.

“We will not allow foreign governments to intervene in our territory, much less [foreign] The government will intervene,” he said. “We could go to the United Nations.”

As part of the ongoing war of words between Crenshaw and Lopez Obrador, a congressman posted: twitter “Bring it.

kidnapping and murder

The Gulf Cartel is responsible for the kidnapping and murder of Americans in Tamaulipas, where the group has a large presence.

in the letter I received Associated Press The Scorpion faction of the Gulf Cartel, through Tamaulipas state law enforcement officials, apologized to Matamoros residents, a Mexican woman killed in the cartel shootout, four Americans and their families.

“We have decided to extradite those who were directly involved in the incident, who took responsibility and who always acted under independent decision-making and lack of discipline,” the letter reads, adding that these individuals are subject to the cartel’s rules. This includes “respecting the lives and well-being of innocent people.”

Drug cartels are known to issue communiqués to intimidate competitors and authorities. I will try to

The Associated Press contributed to this report.