“We will never allow them to trample”: AMLO once again responded to US congressmen

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President of Mexico, reaffirmed his position regarding the proposal of some United States congressmen to send members of the United States armed forces to Mexican territory to combat fentanyl trafficking.

Regarding the issue, the president was in favor of cooperating with the US government to deal with the transfer of this drug. However, he asserted that this does not mean that the country will submit.

“From here, from this Zócalo, the political and cultural heart of Mexico, we remind those hypocritical and irresponsible politicians that Mexico is an independent and free country, not a colony or a protectorate of the United States”

(Screenshot YT Government of Mexico)
(Screenshot YT Government of Mexico)

In this sense, he warned that the US congressmen can threaten but that the Mexican government will not allow the matter to escalate further.

“They can threaten us with committing any outrage, but we will never, ever allow them to violate our sovereignty and trample on the dignity of our homeland. Cooperation yes, submission no! Interventionism, no! ”, He asserted.

On the other hand, López Obrador accused the congressmen of being politicians and pointed out that their idea to combat the fentanyl crisis that is plaguing the US is for “electoral purposes.”

“In a propaganda plan, we would say here in colloquial language with a grid and for electoral, political purposes, they maintained that, if we did not stop the trafficking of fentanyl to the northern border, they were going to propose to the congress of their country that they occupy North American soldiers in our territory to confront organized crime.


The disagreement between AMLO and US congressmen began when Republican Dan Crenshaw presented an initiative to endorse the use of force by the US Army against drug cartels in Mexico.

Immediately López Obrador and other characters such as Marcelo Ebrard, head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) and Ricardo Monreal, senator for the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) disapproved of the proposal, considering it interfering and violating national sovereignty.

Crenshaw pointed out that his proposal does not imply a military invasion of Mexico and pointed out that the proposal is aimed at joint work between the two countries to stop the trafficking of fentanyl from Mexican territory to the United States.

US Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) walks to a House GOP Caucus meeting at the US Capitol on the first day of the new Congress in Washington, US, January 3, 2023. REUTERS/Jon Cherry
US Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) walks to a House GOP Caucus meeting at the US Capitol on the first day of the new Congress in Washington, US, January 3, 2023. REUTERS/Jon Cherry

However, he also accused the Mexican president of allegedly protecting drug cartels. Through social networks he sent him a message:

Stop defending your narco buddies and take action to prevent fentanyl trafficking. Settle down with your lies about an alleged “military invasion.” We just want our military forces to work together.

This Saturday, López Obrador denied these links during the event to commemorate the Oil Expropriation, in which he assured that, on the other hand, there were irregularities in the government of Felipe Calderón.

A kilo of fentanyl can produce up to a million pills (File)
A kilo of fentanyl can produce up to a million pills (File)

“First I want to make it clear that it is no longer the time of Calderón or García Luna (…) now there is no simulation, organized and white-collar crime is really being fought because there is no corruption, there is no impunity and there are no relations of complicity with anyone,” he said.

It should be noted that Crenshaw’s proposal is not the first that US politicians have made in relation to the fight against the Mexican cartels involved in fentanyl trafficking. In February of this year, 21 US prosecutors asked Joe Biden, President of the United States, to classify organized crime as foreign terrorist organizations.

“Mexican drug cartels threaten our national security beyond the sale of these deadly drugs. In the last decade, the Mexican drug cartels have developed well-organized armed forces to protect their reprehensible trade from their rivals and the Mexican government.”, can be read in the letter to Biden.

In the proposal they argued that this classification would allow forceful action to be taken against these criminals.

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