Trump halts plan to classify Mexican cartels as terrorist organizations

by Adam Ford · Dec 7th, 2019 6:08 am

Last Updated Dec 7th, 2019 at 3:23 pm

President Trump announced on Friday that he is halting his plan to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations at the request of the Mexican president.

Trump had previously said that the U.S. was in the process of declaring Mexican drug cartels as terrorists groups, about a month after three women and six children, all Americans, were killed by cartels in Mexico in an ambush.

The president had also previously offered U.S. military assistance to pursue the cartels and their leaders, saying it was "time to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth."