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Trump vows to designate Mexican drug cartels as terror organizations

President Trump delivers remarks in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on November 15
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President Trump told Bill O'Reilly in an interview broadcast Tuesday that he plans to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations after they killed Americans in Mexico.

Why it matters: Trump's remarks to O'Reilly that he would act because "we are losing 100,000 people a year to what is happening and what is coming through on Mexico" mark a shift in U.S. policy that's sent Mexican officials scrambling.

  • Mexico's Foreign Ministry said in a statement later Tuesday that the country’s foreign minister would contact Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "to discuss this very important issue for the bilateral agenda," per Reuters.
  • The killing of six children and three mothers in a Mormon community in northern Mexico shone a spotlight on the issue of warring cartels in the country.

Go deeper: Gruesome attacks challenge López Obrador's softer approach to Mexico's cartels