Former President Donald Trump told Breitbart News that he is in favor of a bill introduced by Representatives Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) and Michael Waltz (R-FL) that would allow the use of military action against Mexican drug cartels in order to target and destroy the criminal organizations.
When questioned about the congressmen’s newly proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) legislation, Trump responded, “I would do that.”
The use of the military to combat the cartels was approved by Trump in a policy video he published earlier this year, but this is the first time he has commented on the precise plan put out to Congress to do so. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has declared his opposition to Waltz’s AUMF proposal and even threatened to meddle in American elections in order to support Democrats and defeat Republicans in reaction.
“In addition to being reckless,” Lopez Obrador stated in March that “it is an outrage to the Mexican people.”
Following his speech at the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual meeting, Trump spoke with Breitbart News last week and mentioned that he does, in fact, get along well with Lopez Obrador.
Despite being a “socialist,” Lopez Obrador was referred to as a “gentleman” by Trump, who also said that if re-elected to the White House, he will work with Lopez Obrador to defeat the cartels and enlist the aid of the U.S. military.
Trump is correct that throughout his administration, he and Lopez Obrador got along well. The Remain-in-Mexico plan, which required asylum seekers to wait on the Mexican side of the border while their applications were handled instead of allowing them into the United States as current Democrat President Biden has been doing in the millions, was actually based on that relationship and was one of Trump’s most important policies.
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