by Ryan Saavedra
President Donald Trump announced late last week that he has decided to temporarily hold off on designating Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations because Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador appears to have come to an agreement with the administration to ramp up Mexico’s efforts to combat the cartels.
“All necessary work has been completed to declare Mexican Cartels terrorist organizations,” Trump tweeted. “Statutorily we are ready to do so. However, at the request of a man who I like and respect, and has worked so well with us, President Andres Manuel [López Obrador] we will temporarily hold off this designation and step up our joint efforts to deal decisively with these vicious and ever-growing organizations!”