South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham assured Fox News host Jesse Watters on Monday that he is ready to introduce a bill to "set the stage" for the U.S. military to intervene in Mexico and take action against drug cartels.
Graham made this statement on the same day that the kidnapping of four U.S. citizens in Mexico was made public. Less than 24 hours later, the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) reported that two of them had been found dead.
Drug cartels and terrorist organizations
"This administration has done nothing about it," Graham said of Joe Biden's anti-drug and border policy. He also stated that he intended to follow the policies implemented by former President Donald Trump:
I would follow Bill Barr’s advice and get tough on Mexico. It’s not just the hostages. Number one, I’d do everything I could to get them back. I’d do what [former President Donald] Trump did. I’d put Mexico on notice. If you continue to give safe haven to fentanyl drug dealers, then you’re an enemy of the United States.
The South Carolina senator added:
I’m going to introduce legislation, Jesse, to make certain Mexican drug cartels foreign terrorist organizations under U.S. law and set the stage to use military force if necessary to protect America from being poisoned by things coming out of Mexico.
Graham used his appearance on Fox News to send a clear message to AMLO: "I would say to the Mexican government to clean up your act or we’re going to clean it up for you."