AMLO rejects Antony Blinken saying that the cartels do not rule in Mexico

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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday denied that parts of his country are controlled by drug cartels, responding to recent comments from U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Blinken said in a congressional hearing this week that it was “fair to say” that parts of the country were controlled by cartels instead of the government.

“That is false,” Lopez Obrador said in a regular news conference. “There is no place in the country that does not have the presence of authorities.”

Blinken also said that the opioid fentanyl coming from Mexico was killing both Americans and Mexicans. Lopez Obrador has denied in recent days that Mexico is responsible for the quantities of the drug coming into the United States.

“More fentanyl reaches the United States and Canada directly than reaches Mexico,” Lopez Obrador said last week.

He appeared to take a softer tone against the United States on Friday.

Lopez Obrador has previously pointed to fentanyl being trafficked across the border by U.S. citizens, rather than undocumented migrants, and blamed the crisis in part on the deterioration of family values and lack of government support for families.

A Reuters investigation found that Mexico had dramatically upped drug lab raid numbers conducted during Lopez Obrador’s administration, which two security sources and former senior law enforcement figures said are not credible.

Source: Excelsior

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