For decades, the Mexican drug cartels have grown in strength, size, and sophistication. They’ve reached the grisly pinnacle of organized crime, having become almost paramilitary in their aggression, and their reach exceeds far north of the US border with Mexico.
And, as President Joe Biden’s policies continue to allow this crisis to spiral out of control, the presumptive GOP nominee for 2024 is explaining just how his potential policies would differ.
Former President Trump said Thursday that if elected again as commander in chief, he will deploy U.S. special forces and other military assets to “inflict maximum damage” on cartels crossing the southern border.
Trump, who announced his 2024 presidential campaign late last year, said drug cartels are “waging war on America” and it is “now time for America to wage war on cartels.”
“Joe Biden has sided against the United States and with the cartels,” Trump said in a video Thursday. “Biden’s open border policies are a deadly betrayal of our nation.”
Trump then made a rather salient comparison between these cartels and some of the world’s most notorious evildoers.
“When I am president, it will be the policy of the United States to take down the cartels, just as we took down ISIS and the ISIS caliphate – and just as, unlike the situation we are in today, we had a very, very strong border,” Trump continued. He said his administration oversaw the “strongest border… in the history of our country.”
Trump has long bee seen as a candidate, (and a President), whose border principles were of law and order, and this puts him in a great position for 2024’s ideological battles.