President Trump said in a newly released interview that he is moving to designate Mexican drug cartels as terror organizations.
The decision reportedly has prompted the Mexican government to ask the administration for clarification, but Trump told Bill O'Reilly, in an interview posted to his website, that the process is well underway.
“I have been working on that for the last 90 days,” he told O’Reilly, the author and former Fox News Channel host who now has a podcast. "You know, the designation is not that easy, you have to go through a process, and we are well into that process."
The news comes weeks after the brutal killings of dual Mexican and American citizens in the northern part of Mexico. Though drug cartels have a reputation for cold-blooded murders, the ambush on Nov. 4 in the Mormon community in La Mora—which included the deaths of six children and three women—sent shockwaves in the U.S. and drew the president's attention.