Mexican President Defends Trump, Demands Explanations From DEA Ops

Published: Monday, October 19, 2020 - 3:51pm
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General Salvador Cienfuegos, Mexico's secretary of defense during the Enrique Peña Nieto administration

MEXICO CITY — Last week, a former Mexican secretary of defense was arrested in Los Angeles, accused of helping in drug trafficking and organized crime. Mexico's president is demanding information from the U.S. while questioning the DEA’s intervention in his country. 

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the arrest of Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos could help in his fight against corruption. 

He said his government will ask the U.S. to provide details against the former secretary so he can be prosecuted in Mexico. 

López Obrador questioned the DEA's operations in his country, saying that no one in the past has stopped the U.S. drug agency from breaking Mexico's sovereignty. He also mentioned the failed Fast and Furious gunwalking operation, conducted by the ATF during the Obama administration.

López Obrador thanked President Trump for helping Mexico without interfering.

Cienfuegos was decorated for his accomplishments two years ago by the U.S. government.

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