Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway is offering “thoughts and prayers” to the “victims and families” in response to nine Mormon family members being killed in northern Mexico on Monday.
President Donald Trump urged the Mexican government to take action after the three women and six children were killed by cartel members — the U.S.-Mexican family were apparently mistaken as another gang, as IJR previously reported.
“If Mexico needs or requests help in cleaning out these … monsters, the United States stands ready, willing & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively,” Trump tweeted in response, adding, “The great new President of Mexico has made this a big issue, but the cartels have become so large and powerful that you sometimes need an army to defeat an army!”
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador thanked Trump for the support and noted the two would be speaking about security, but said, “I don’t think we need the intervention of a foreign government to deal with these cases.”
….monsters, the United States stands ready, willing & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively. The great new President of Mexico has made this a big issue, but the cartels have become so large and powerful that you sometimes need an army to defeat an army!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2019
Appearing on Fox News early Wednesday, Conway shared how Trump “didn’t hesitate” in offering help to Mexico, citing the “safety and well-being” of Americans as the president’s “first priority.”
“This president has made a priority, a centerpiece indeed of his administration, his legacy, stopping the flow of drugs over our borders,” she said.
“Until we get people who are serious about that, when people call it manufactured crisis, and then tragedy like this happens, and it just is so unspeakable.”
While noting that Trump told Mexico’s president that they need to go after the cartels, Conway said Lopez Obrador “didn’t seem persuaded.” However, she said, “This president will continue to press the issue.”
“I worked on the drug crisis here. I can tell you it’s a very serious problem, what is coming over the southern border and what’s going on with the cartels. They are ruthless. They are fearless. They are very savvy business people in that, they don’t care who gets in their way, in the way of their profits.”
Watch Conway’s interview below:
Lopez Obrador said during Wednesday’s briefing, “It was lamentable, painful because children died, but do we want to resolve the problem the same way? By declaring war?” He continued:
“That, in the case of our country, showed that it does not work. That was a failure. It caused more violence.
We are carrying out a different policy because the policy that was applied during 36 years was a resounding failure and it caused a lot of damage, a lot of sadness, a lot of deaths, a lot of losses for Mexicans. We will not continue with the same and we will show that our proposal works, despite it not being easy. We are confident that we will achieve good results.”
One of the victim’s sister-in-law, Kendra Lee Miller, told CNN the attacks on Morman’s wasn’t the first. “Cartels have taken too many of our family members,” Miller said.