This was not what we wanted to hear…
Amid a brutal drug attack in which gunmen slaughtered nine women and children from a U.S. family and wounded several others, the president of Mexico refused U.S. military and security forces’ aid and go to “war” with cartels.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said during his morning press conference that war is the worst way to deal with cartels and that it is recognised by those who have lived through it. The declaration came in response to President Donald Trump’s series of tweets, claiming that the U.S. was willing to go to “war”.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2019
Members of the LeBaron family traveled the mountainous region between Sonora and Chihuahua, south of New Mexico when a convoy attacked, killing three women and six children and injuring at least six others.
“We thank President Trump and the European governments that want to help, but this is tied to our sovereignty,” Lopez Obrador said also saying he would talk to Trump on the phone during the day.
Lopez Obrador said there would not be any impunity during his conference, but war was not the answer. In the past, Lopez Obrador claimed that his administration would not fight drug cartels with aggression, but by social and economic opportunities. After the failed operation in Culiacan, Sinaloa, when the Mexican military was forced to release one of Joaquin’s “El Chapo” Guzman’s sons after gunmen overpowered security personnel and threatened to shoot innocent women and children, the approach faced major criticism.