Mexican President slams US lawmaker's intention of military intervention

by IANS |

Mexico City, March 10 (IANS) Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has slammed a US lawmaker for offering to send American troops into Mexico to combat the drug trade.

"We are not a protectorate of the US or a colony of the US," said Lopez Obrador, denouncing the proposal as an "offenCe" to Mexico's sovereignty, as well as "interventionist", "inhumane" and "hypocritical", reports Xinhua news agency.

"We do not receive orders from anyone. The people of Mexico govern here," the President said at a press conference.

Republican Representative Dan Crenshaw of Texas submitted a bill to the legislature that seeks to authorize deployment of armed forces in Mexico to fight drug trafficking, particularly fentanyl.

"We are not going to allow any foreign governments to intervene in our territory, much less the armed forces of a foreign government," the President said.

The US, he said, is failing to tackle drug abuse at home, especially fentanyl addiction among its youths, which is a problem Mexico does not share.

"Why don't they take care of their young people? Why don't they take care of their serious problems of social breakdowns?" he asked.

Lopez Obrador described the lawmaker's initiative as more of an "electoral" stunt rather than a sincere effort to address drug abuse and trafficking, noting that elections are coming up in the US.

Latest News
IPL 2023: If you talk about an impact player, Hardik is the ideal impact player, says Zaheer Khan Fri, Mar 31, 2023, 02:58 PM
Mediterranean diet can reduce death from heart attack in high risk patients Fri, Mar 31, 2023, 02:50 PM
Palestinians mark 47th anniversary of Land Day amid calls to end Israeli occupation Fri, Mar 31, 2023, 02:47 PM
3K schools in Assam run by single teacher, lack basic facilities: Minister Fri, Mar 31, 2023, 02:46 PM
Syrian air defences shoot down Israeli missiles over Damascus Fri, Mar 31, 2023, 02:38 PM
Karnataka polls: CM Bommai hints at fielding Vijayendra against Siddaramaiah in Varuna Fri, Mar 31, 2023, 02:34 PM
World Test Championship: Ross Taylor backs India pace attack to fire in final Fri, Mar 31, 2023, 02:30 PM
Reddit's new Transparency Center to serve as hub for its safety, security info Fri, Mar 31, 2023, 02:28 PM
Netflix rolls out ad-supported plan for Apple TV users Fri, Mar 31, 2023, 02:24 PM
Australians warned of looming Covid waves, encouraged to take booster dose Fri, Mar 31, 2023, 02:22 PM
Philippines' foreign investments yield net outflows in Feb Fri, Mar 31, 2023, 02:20 PM
Rising Covid cases: Tamil Nadu enforces mask rule for govt hospitals Fri, Mar 31, 2023, 02:17 PM
Sharmila detained during protest at TSPSC office in Hyderabad Fri, Mar 31, 2023, 02:16 PM
Khattar invites industrialists to set up bases in Haryana Fri, Mar 31, 2023, 02:13 PM
High cost of living has badly affected saving ability of Pakistanis Fri, Mar 31, 2023, 12:42 PM