President Donald Trump revealed his next target, and it has been hiding in Mexico for decades.
During an interview on Monday with Breitbart, the president boldly stated that his administration is “very seriously” considering labeling Mexican drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations.
When asked if his administration is considering designating these violent cartels as terrorist groups, Trump replied that he they are.
“We are. We are. We’re thinking about doing it very seriously. In fact, we’ve been thinking about it for a long time,” Trump said.
“It’s psychological, but it’s also economic,” Trump continued. “As terrorists — as terrorist organizations, the answer is yes. They are.”
By designating cartels as terrorist organizations, it would give federal agencies the opportunity receive and use more resources to combat the violent groups.
“Mexico, unfortunately, has lost control of the cartels,” Trump said. “They’ve totally lost control of the cartels. Mexico last year had 42,000 deaths — murders — 42,000. It’s considered one of the most unsafe countries in the world.”
“Now, I’m with them. I really like the new president. He’s a wonderful guy, but you know, 42,000 murders. A lot of it is drug-induced,” Trump continued.
Trump added that the mainstream media is finally starting to admit that there is a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border with illegal immigration, cartels sneaking in, and drugs pouring over the border into America.
“By the way, I can’t believe it. They’re finally starting to admit it,” Trump said. “But I was there 4 weeks ago, 26 people were killed and I didn’t see one story about it. It’s pretty incredible. But you’re right though, I can’t believe it. I actually saw in the Washington Post and the New York Times over the last couple of days.”
At another point in the interview, Trump also said he doesn’t want America to take in thousands of immigrants who will receive taxpayer-funded welfare while in the U.S.
“I don’t want to have anyone coming in that’s on welfare,” Trump said.
“We have a problem, because we have politicians that are not strong, or they have bad intentions, or they want to get votes, because they think if they come in they’re going to vote Democrat, you know, for the most part,” the president added.
As the president noted in the interview, roughly two-thirds of all immigrant households receive some form of welfare.
For context, an estimated 35 percent of American citizen households are enrolled in one or more welfare programs, which is much lower than immigrant households.
Trump reiterated, “I don’t want people that need welfare,” and added, “We owe a lot of money.”
“But I don’t like the idea of people coming in and going on welfare for 50 years, and that’s what they want to be able to do — and it’s no good,” Trump said.
These remarks from the president are bold and will undoubtedly trigger Democrats, many of which have refused to work with Trump on any immigration reform.