White House Opposes Designating Mexican Drug Cartels As Terrorists

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  • The Biden administration on Wednesday announced it would not support efforts to brand Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations, indicating such a move would provide little value in combatting their operations.
  • “Designating these cartels as FTOs (foreign terrorist organizations) would not grant us any additional authorities that we don’t really have at this time,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Wednesday.
  • Many Republicans have called on the Biden administration to label the cartels as FTOs, including Sens. Lindsey Graham, S.C., and John Kennedy, La., who have introduced legislation to designate nine Mexican gangs as FTOs and authorize the use of military force against them.