Trump was asked Tuesday by conservative radio host Bill O'Reilly whether he'd "designate those cartels in Mexico as terror groups and start hitting them with drones and things like that". I have been working on that for the last 90 days.
Arturo Sarukhán, a former Mexican ambassador to Washington, said that the designation would create "a series of collateral effects" with profound implications for the relationship between the United States and Mexico. Mark Green (R-TN) and Denver Riggleman (R-VA).
Three Mormon women and six children with dual US-Mexican nationality were killed in the ambush in northern Mexico.
Ebrard previously said the proposed designation could, under USA law, enable American security forces to act directly against a perceived "terrorist" threat if it so chose.
Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard tweeted Wednesday that the Mexican government is in contact with the U.S. over the possibility of Trump designating Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations.
There are now no designated terrorist groups in Mexico and only one in Latin America, the National Liberation Army insurgent group in Colombia.
At the weekend, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said such a designation could, under USA law, enable the United States to act directly against the threat if it so chose.
Specific details about how and when the designation will be given have not yet been announced.
Some worry that designating the cartels as terrorist organizations will damper U.S. -Mexico relations, specifically in economic and trade matters.
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Mexican officials say a drug cartel called La Linea (The Line) may have mistaken the victims for members of a rival gang.
He added: "I will be designating the cartels. absolutely".
Mexican authorities have repeatedly stressed that illicit drugs shipped via Mexico are destined for the US market and that guns and cash bound for cartels enter Mexico from USA territory.
It was unclear if the State Department - which is the USA government agency tasked with designating groups as "foreign terrorist organizations" - had yet alerted Congress of its intention to name Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups.
"I will be designating the cartels", Mr. Trump said in the interview.
Mr Alex LeBaron, a former Mexican congressman and relative of some of the victims, rejected the idea on Twitter of a U.S. "invasion".
Once a particular group is designated as a terrorist organization, it is illegal under USA law for people in the United States to knowingly offer support and its members can not enter the country and may be deported.
Trump did not indicate exactly how the US policy would change from past years, but said he told Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador that the USA stands ready to "go in and clean it out".