All Mexico need do is ask and the U.S. will “get involved” and help wipe out the drug cartels, President Donald Trump said Tuesday after nine Americans – three mothers and six children – were brutally murdered in the Mexican border state of Sonora Monday.
In addition to the nine Americans killed, six children were wounded in the crossfire and one is reported missing, The Daily Mail reports:
“The victims, who belonged to the LeBaron family, were ambushed about eight miles apart in the Mexican border state of Sonora on Monday while traveling in a convoy of three SUVs.”
“Nine of the family members were slaughtered and one child was still missing, Mexican authorities said. Six children were wounded in the attack and five have since been transferred to hospitals in Phoenix, Arizona.”
“If Mexico needs or requests help in cleaning out these monsters,” the U.S. will help “wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth,” President Trump offered in a series of three tweets reacting to news of the violence.
"You sometimes need an army to defeat an army," which the drug cartels have become, Trump said:
“A wonderful family and friends from Utah got caught between two vicious drug cartels, who were shooting at each other, with the result being many great American people killed, including young children, and some missing. If Mexico needs or requests help in cleaning out these.....
“....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!
“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!”
Mexico's president says he appreciates Trump's offer, but is uncomfortable with the term "war," NBC News reports:
"Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that while he had not seen Trump's tweet, he was sure it was 'in the spirit of cooperating... I am sure he has not been disrespectful. Every time we talk it is with that spirit of helping, which we appreciate very much.'
"'The worst thing is war … those who have lived war, suffered from war, know what that means… It is the opposite of politics, war is synonymous to irrationality, war is irrational,' he said."