Trump’s Call for War on Cartels Spurned After Massacre

President Trump said it's time to “wage war” on drug cartels after nine Mormons living in Mexico were massacred. Mexico’s president had a sharp response.

U.S. Mormon family ambushed and slain in Mexico

The LeBarón family of Chihuahua was attacked by criminal groups, leaving a death toll of 9. The LeBarón family, American nationals, have been the target of threats, attacks and kidnappings over the last 10 years for their activism against cartels, violence and invasions in the area. Some of the family members who were gunned down and burned to death in northern Mexico this week, apparently by drug cartel members who mistook them for rivals, were visiting for an upcoming wedding from their home in Williston, N.D., according to a relative.

“Obviously, it’s very painful. Obviously, we don’t want these things to happen. But we don’t think that bombarding, massacring with the use of force, blood and fire will solve the problem. Look, four of my grandchildren are burnt. Shot up. Right on the road out of La Mora. This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth. We merely await a call from your great new president! We believe that violence - I’m going to say it again – cannot be dealt with violence. We got here because people wanted to put out fire with fire. People wanted to address the problem with coercive measures alone and we know what the result is. And although those who applied this failed strategy would want us to continue in the same way, the answer is a resounding “no”, family member Jhon LeBarón states.

The family has a ranch near the borders of the states of Sonora and Chihuahua. About 150 to 200 extended family members live there, and many others from the U.S. visit regularly, said Kenny LeBaron, 32, who owns a trucking company in Williston. LeBaron said he got updates from relatives on the scene through WhatsApp, an encrypted messaging system. In recent years, they requested protection from the authorities, but it was denied. President Donald Trump reacted, offering American intervention in the war against drugs in Mexico.


11/06/2019 7:13 PM
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  • Derick T.
    6 days

    Liddle donny, stay out of other people's business and keep your own people safe. ISIS attacks should be expected soon and you have little donny, the accidental, illegitimate president to blame.

  • Mel S.
    6 days

    Stay out of other countries business criminal don the con and focus on being a better criminal because you suck lol

  • Mandy S.
    6 days

    They should have kept their mouths shut. They would all be alive. Cartels own and run Mexico. Cartels should go after Trumpy. The secret service won't stand a chance.

  • Hope C.
    6 days

    Awful. Anything involving children is awful. The Mormons live there so that they can make their own laws however. They should come back to the US.

  • Carlos G.
    6 days

    What about all the families that are escaping the same kind of violence and horror but are Mexican and Central Americans? What a Despicable hypocrite president!

  • Dennis M.
    6 days

    THOUGHT'S and PRAYERS??????

  • Brut
    6 days

    The victims included six children and their mothers. This is what we know so far:

  • Antaine Ó.
    6 days

    Nobody told him theres been a war on drugs the past 50yrs and it's the dealers who are winning!

  • Tiffany H.
    6 days

  • Justin G.
    6 days

    I'm thinking two doses of thoughts and prayers and two tweets, one in the morning and one in the evening should do the trick. Make sure not to mix with a cohesive law enforcement and treatment plan. Side effects include inchohet ramblings, orange pigmentation of the skin, and the over excessive use of the word sad.

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  • Citlalli L.
    6 days

    We (Mexicans) certainly don't need or want the intervention of any government in our problems, specially if the one who's "offering" is the man who has publicly offended us several times 🙅🏻and about the masacre, certainly unforgivable because of the innocent children, it's nothing more than "revenge" from the cartels in the Sonora/Chihuahua area because of their (the LeBaron family) illegal actions (a subject well known and not new in México).

  • Kelly T.
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  • John K.
    6 days

    Very very sad but you're not in the United States. Love all these people living in these god forsaken places then when tragedy strikes cry. The U.S. must do something. You left the country. Mexico must do something. Good luck with that. Just like all these kids that go to Mexico on spring break. Parents to allow this are idiots. Do you know how dangerous these places are

  • Salvador Z.
    6 days

    Too sad for children but this family has a long history of crimes in Mexico , some of they work for the cartels , they enriched themselves trafficking drugs and now they are a family of rich entrepenours.. You shouldn't be surprised. they practice poligamy , is not legal in Mexico but they still do it , up to 50 kids and 13 wifes said one of the patriarchs have simultaniously

  • Rocky B.
    6 days

    More democrat lies

  • Alicia E.
    5 days

    you were just watching Vice about them.

  • Manuel L.
    5 days

    The government is losing grounds by the day. Mexicans are just too accustomed to it that somehow it's part of system.

  • Billy R.
    5 days

    Cartels require money, most of that comes from drugs, legalize marijuana and the black market becomes much smaller.

  • Jesse Y.
    5 days

    I would bet those cartels have a lot of people here in the US ready to attack in retaliation to a kneejerk reaction from the US.