President Donald Trump recently shook the nation when he announced that he was ready to designate the Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations following the shocking slaughter of nine Americans by cartel gunfire in Mexico last month.
But on Friday, Trump abruptly quit pushing the issue, disappointing a lot of his supporters, according to Breitbart.
Waiting for Mexico
Trump announced his decision via Twitter on Friday, writing:
We will temporarily hold off this designation and step up our joint efforts to deal decisively with these vicious and ever-growing organizations!
According to Trump, all the work has been done to pull the trigger on this, but they are going to hold off for the time being.
He had been publicly determined to move on the designation but backed off at the request of the president of Mexico.
The decision, as disappointing as it is, is also understandable. When Trump first made the announcement, Mexico was taken aback, to say the least.
Mexico’s ambassador stated that a meeting would be requested ASAP to discuss the matter. Then, Mexico’s president stated that he thought such a designation would be a big mistake.
People cannot help but be outraged by the actions of the cartels in Mexico. The recent slaughter of Americans in Mexico — including several children — is what really brought the urgency of the issue to the forefront.
The designation would help law enforcement to act quickly against cartels by targeting their weapons and financial resources, as well as allowing prosecutors to go after accomplices to the cartels in the U.S.
However, the U.S. and Mexico are working well together right now, and surely Trump does not want to jeopardize that by forcing a move Mexico vehemently opposes, as long as Mexico ups its efforts to do something about cartel violence.
Trump has reportedly been thinking about the designation for months and announced on Friday that “all necessary work has been completed to declare Mexican Cartels terrorist organizations. Statutorily we are ready to do so,” he said.
Although some anti-Trumpers may see this recent decision as a sign of weakness, Trump emphasized that he hasn’t completely scrapped his plans, only delayed them in order to enhance cooperation with the Mexican government.