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DeSantis open to employing drone strikes against Mexican cartels.

Republican‌ presidential candidate‌ Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Speaks to guests at‍ Ashley’s BBQ Bash hosted by Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (R-IA) on August 06, 2023​ in Cedar ​Rapids, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty​ Images)

OAN’s Noah Herring

11:58 AM – Friday, August 11, 2023

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said on⁤ Thursday at a campaign stop in Iowa that ⁢if elected president, he would be willing to use drone strikes against Mexican drug cartels.

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“We will lean ‌in against the drug cartels. We will absolutely reserve a right — if they’re⁣ invading our country and killing our people — we have a right to defend‍ this country,” ⁣DeSantis (R-Fla.) said when a voter asked whether he would be‌ willing to use drones against the cartels.

“We have the ⁣right to hold them accountable, and it’s not just that they happen to‍ come ​over our border. And if Mexico’s not going to help us with that, well, then we’re going to have to do what we⁢ have to do,” he⁣ added.

Many‍ Republicans have called for military ‍action as the crisis at the border has worsened in recent years.‍ Former President Donald Trump deployed more than ​5,200 troops to ⁢combat ​the crisis in 2018. President​ Biden also sent 1,500 soldiers to the border in May ‌to serve ‍administrative and ​transport roles.

With large numbers of people ​coming across the border daily, Republicans have become concerned with the type of people who are evading Border Patrol⁢ agents. The head of Border Patrol announced⁣ last week that they captured ​four sex offenders, some​ of whom have ⁣committed crimes against children, coming into ‌the United States within a⁣ single day.

Mexican authorities have pushed back on the idea of further military ‌action from⁤ the U.S. In 2019, when Trump indicated that the⁤ Mexican drug cartels should be labeled as terrorist organizations, Mexican President López Obrador called ‌for “cooperation”⁢ to handle the⁤ cartels, not “interventionism.”

In June, DeSantis ⁢endorsed the use of “deadly force” against migrants who are suspected of trafficking drugs.⁣ The Florida governor reiterated this ⁣policy ⁢again Thursday when he spoke to a crowd of supporters in a restaurant.

“We’re authorizing deadly force. They ‌try to break into our country? They will end up stone-cold dead,” he ⁤said to a crowd of cheers.

In a recent ⁣interview, DeSantis explained‌ how he would distinguish between migrants who are smuggling drugs and migrants ⁢who are not.

“Same way a police officer would ⁢know,” he ⁣said. “Same way somebody operating in Iraq would know. You know, these people in Iraq at the time, they ⁢all looked the same. You didn’t know who had a bomb strapped to them. So those guys have to make judgments.”

Other Republicans, including Representative Majorie Taylor Greene ⁢(R-Ga.) ⁢and 2024 presidential candidate⁤ Vivek Ramaswamy, have also indicated that they would support military involvement on Mexican ⁤cartels.

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