Tackle 'bad hombres' or we will: Trump tells Mexico

Washington, United StatesUpdated: Feb 02, 2017, 11:45 AM IST

Donald Trump's hint of US military entering Mexican soil to tackle the drug cartels might further sour relations between the two countries. Photograph:(Getty)

United States President Donald Trump reportedly told his Mexican counterpart to tackle the "bad hombres" or they would have to intervene during a telephonic conversation last week.

Although it remains unclear as to who he meant by "bad hombres", Mexican journalist Dolía Estévez said he was referring to the drug cartels operating in Mexico.

The transcript, based on a leaked White House document, documents Trump telling Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto: "You have a bunch of bad hombres down there. You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.”

The tone of the conversation also remains unknown, but the hint of US military's intervention might further sour relations between the two countries.

Mexico have however rejected the content of the conversation, again reiterating that the January 27 conversation between the two leaders were "constructive".

Dolía Estévez, in his report, suggested that Trump had suggested in a "threatening note" that if Mexico was unable to put down the drug cartels, he would be forced to send US troops to Mexico.

Relations between the two countries has deteriorated ever since Donald Trump took charge of White House.

Trump for long has promised to build a wall along the US-Mexico border and recently signed executive order to green-light its construction.

The decision has been met with severe criticism from Mexico, who has also rejected Trump's claim about it paying the cost of its construction.

Peña Nieto had cancelled his meeting with Trump last week following the US president's willingness to build the 3,200-km border wall and for challenging him to cancel his trip to Washington.

The Donald Trump administration thought about levying a 20 per cent tax on goods imported from Mexico to finance the wall that will be built along the border, before backtracking on the idea saying it is one of the many ideas being mulled.