Republicans call for Biden to push Mexican president to combat fentanyl smuggling
With Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador heading to the White House next month to meet with President Biden, Republicans are calling for combating the flow of fentanyl into the United States to be at the top of the agenda.
Lopez Obrador skipped the Summit of the Americas earlier this month, saying instead he will travel to the White House in July to meet with President Biden.
"Human trafficking would come right after that — border security and national security issues that we share with Mexico."
MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS TARGETING MONTANA WITH FENTANYL TRADE; OVERDOSE DEATHS RISING: LAW ENFORCEMENT"It would be the first thing I would bring up," added Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas.
While it’s unclear how much fentanyl is getting into the U.S., the number of deaths related to the drug is increasing.
However, so far this year, the topic does not appear to have been raised in talks between President Biden and the Mexican leader.
"This is why I am calling on President Biden to address this public health emergency when he meets (Lopez Obrador) at the White House next month.
"I’d advise President Biden to highlight how Mexico’s involvement would be mutually beneficial to both countries," he said.
"I've been trying to raise it constantly, and I have never heard the word fentanyl come from Joe Biden's mouth.
Republicans have proposed a number of measures that the U.S. can take to push back against the cartels.
Mexico has faced criticism for its policies regarding cartels and drug smuggling from the U.S.
"Foreign Minister Ebrard was very clear with me that this situation has been precipitated by our White House, has also precipitated a massive national security problem for them.