Trump: Mexico needs help on drug cartels

The HillPresident Trump says he has discussed aiding Mexico’s fight against local drug cartels with his counterpart, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

“We have to do something about the cartels,” Trump said Monday while discussing the relationship with Mexico on Fox News’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”

“I did talk to [Nieto] about it. I want to help him with it. I think he’s a very good man. We have a very good relationship, as you probably know.”

“We’ve got to stop the drugs from coming into our country. And if he can’t handle it – maybe they can and maybe they can’t or maybe he needs help – he seemed very willing to get help from us because he has got a problem and it’s a real problem for us.”

Trump declined further comment when asked if Peña Nieto is open to U.S. forces helping Mexico combat drug cartels. …

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