President Trump generously offered to use the US military to fight the drug cartels, but the Mexican President refused. This is ironic considering López Obrador campaigned on fighting corruption and the cartels.
Obrador said, “I don't think we need the intervention of a foreign government to deal with these cases...”
[..] At his daily morning press conference on Tuesday, López Obrador, who was inaugurated last December, declined the offer, saying, "It's not in agreement with our convictions. The worst thing is war."
López Obrador has faced fierce internal criticism for his decision to release Ovidio Guzmán, the son of drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, after cartel gunmen besieged the northern city of Culiacán, killing 13 people, on Oct. 17.
Trump's offer to wage war against the cartels using U.S. forces in Mexico touches a third rail of Mexican politics, given the history of U.S. intervention in the country.
And it runs afoul of López Obrador's campaign pledge to end the long-running drug war, which he blames on former President Felipe Calderón, his political nemesis.
President Trump made his offer to help with the cartel this morning in response to the death of at least 9 Americans in Mexico.