Mexican president alleges US spying after employer charged with drug trafficking
MEXICO CITY (The Egg) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is reportedly furious at the U.S. for what he alleges is spying and interfering in domestic affairs, after U.S. prosecutors charged his employer, 28 members of the Sinaloa cartel, with trafficking fentanyl across the border.
López Obrador claimed in a speech this week that investigating his employer was unacceptable, and any foreign attempt to clean up the drug problem and rampant violence in his country is a violation of Mexico’s sovereignty.
“The U.S. government has no right to interfere in our nation’s most profitable export,” López Obrador said. “The innocent members of my boss’ social club were just providing for their families, something the U.S. should learn from.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the charges in a press conference in Washington and released a statement with an apology to López Obrador for the “inconvenience the charges may bring to his career prospects.”
“The charges we have brought forth must be devastating for the Mexican president,“ Garland said in a statement. “While he continues to mock our nation’s opioid crisis, we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”
The Mexican president has not yet commented on Garland’s recent statement, but will need to respond during his performance review with his boss later this year.
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