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President of Mexico swiftly rejects Trump’s ‘irrational’ offer to send US Army to fight drug cartels

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Tuesday swiftly rejected an offer from U.S. President Donald Trump to send American troops over the border to “wage war” on drug cartels after assailants killed at least nine members of a fundamentalist Mormon family in northern Mexico.

During a press conference Tuesday, López Obrador, commonly known as AMLO, thanked Trump and “any foreign government which wants to help” in the aftermath of the gruesome killing of dual U.S.-Mexican citizens, which authorities believe was carried out by cartel members.

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“But in these cases,” AMLO said, “we have to act independently and according to our constitution, and in line with our tradition of independence and sovereignty.”

“War is irrational,” the Mexican president added. “We are for peace.”

AMLO’s comments came after Trump fired off a series of tweets Tuesday morning offering Mexico “help in cleaning out these monsters.”

“The great new President of Mexico has made this a big issue, but the cartels have become so large and powerful that you sometimes need an army to defeat an army!” Trump said. “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!”

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In response to Trump’s tweets Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) wrote sarcastically, “Nothing says you’re ‘against endless wars’ like announcing that you want to send U.S. troops ‘to wage WAR’ in Mexico.”

The Intercept‘s Ryan Devereaux noted that the U.S. has been helping Mexico wage a war on drugs for years—with disastrous consequences.

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“Active U.S. support for the drug war in Mexico has been the status quo for more than a decade—it has fueled one of the deadliest conflicts in the western hemisphere and destabilized whole regions of the country,” said Devereaux.


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Fox & Friends panics over Bolton bombshells: ‘Devastating’ because impeachment trial was ‘on the fast track to closing out’

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"Fox & Friends" hosts warned that leaks of John Bolton's book could blow up President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

Co-host Brian Kilmeade told viewers that excerpts from the former national security adviser's book could force Republicans to hear additional witness testimony, and he fears the Trump administration was at war with itself.

"If John Bolton's lawyers are telling the truth here, and they just submitted (the transcript) in and it's leaked out," Kilmeade said, "if that is indeed the case, more evidence that people within the administration are against the administration."

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GOP senators will ignore Bolton bombshell because they ‘just want this over’: ex-White House official

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day," in the wake of the New York Times bombshell revelation that former national security adviser John Bolton book blows up the central impeachment defense put forward by Donald Trump's lawyers, former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart said it may not be enough to persuade Senate Republicans to allow witnesses.

According to the Times, "President Trump directly tied the withholding of almost $400 million in American security aid to investigations that he sought from Ukrainian officials, according to an unpublished manuscript of a book that John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, wrote about his time in the White House. The firsthand account of the link between the aid and investigations, which is based on meetings and conversations Mr. Bolton had with Mr. Trump, undercuts a key component of the president’s impeachment defense."

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Key winners at the 2020 Grammy Awards

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Here is a list of winners in key categories at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, which took place Sunday in Los Angeles.

Teenage goth-pop iconoclast Billie Eilish was the big winner with a total of five golden statuettes, including a clean sweep of the "big four" prizes.

Lizzo, the top nomination getter, won three prizes -- best pop solo performance, best urban contemporary album and best traditional R&B performance.

Album of the Year: Billie Eilish, "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?"

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