Republican Senator John Neely Kennedy stated during the appearance of the director of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Anne Milgram, that without the United States, Mexico would be consuming canned cat food and living in a tent in the backyard.
According to the American legislator, the US economy is 18 times larger than Mexico’s, and the United States buys 400 billion dollars in Mexican products each year, so our country must do more for its neighbor to the north.
“Without the American people, Mexico would be, figuratively speaking, eating cat food out of a can and living in a backyard store,” said the congressman, who is characterized by his radical and right-wing views.
During the hearing, the measures taken by the DEA and the Biden administration to combat the fentanyl crisis in the country and confront the Mexican drug cartels were discussed.
El canciller @m_ebrard afirmó que el senador John Kennedy es una persona non grata y lo calificó como "racista e ignorante".
El republicano había comentado que “si no fuera por Estados Unidos, México estaría comiendo comida para gatos y viviendo en una carpa".
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Kennedy reiterated a proposal that several Republicans have raised, which consists of US troops entering Mexican territory to collaborate in the fight against organized crime.
In response to these statements, the Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard, described the Republican senator as “ignorant and racist.”
Foreign Minister Ebrard declared that Kennedy is persona non grata in Mexico and stated that Mexico respects the United States and considers both countries as allies.
He also considered that the senator’s position is minority and opportunistic, seeking notoriety and public attention.
Roberto Velasco, head of the Unit for North America of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, used his Twitter account to respond to the US senator and reiterate the rejection of any action of interventionism.
Velasco affirmed that Mexico is a great, dignified, and sovereign country, and is not willing to be treated as anyone’s backyard. He demanded respect as the United States’ most important economic partner and ally and rejected any attempt to intervene in Mexico’s internal affairs.
Source: Reporte Indigo