The Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee this week condemned a threat from Mexico’s president to actively campaign against the Republican Party after GOP lawmakers threatened to hold Mexico accountable for violent drug cartel activity along and across the southwestern U.S. border.
After the cartel-related death of two Americans this month, Republicans pushed the Biden administration to list drug cartels as terror organizations, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., warned that if Mexico does not get tougher on the cartels, then Mexico is an “enemy of the United States.”
That prompted Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to warn that Mexico might start an “information campaign” to persuade Mexican Americans to leave the Republican Party. Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith, R-Mo., who led a delegation of committee members to Mexico this week, rejected Obrador’s comments as “unacceptable.”
“Recent comments about American elections are completely unacceptable and undermine our shared goals of promoting safety and encouraging peaceful trade between our nations,” said Smith, R-Mo., in a late Monday statement.
Obrador had warned that Mexico’s campaign would be aimed at telling Mexican Americans “how this initiative by the Republicans, in addition to being irresponsible, is an offense against the people of Mexico.”
“And if they do not change their attitude and think that they are going to use Mexico for their propaganda, electoral, and political purposes, we are going to call for them not to vote for that party, because it is interventionist, inhumane, hypocritical, and corrupt,” the Mexican leader said.
Source: El Economista