Senator Tom Cotton says that President Donald Trump gives American troops a & # 39; world of pain & # 39; can be imposed on Mexican cartels after the Mormon massacre that killed nine.
The republican told Fox news on Wednesday, America can be forced to take matters into its own hands & # 39; if the Mexican government & # 39; cannot protect American citizens & # 39; in the country.
His comments follow the horrific massacre of three mothers and six children on Monday in the northern state of Sonora.
Cotton, a member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, doubled on comments he made on Tuesday, suggesting & # 39; the only thing that can stop bullets is more and larger bullets & # 39 ;.
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Senator Tom Cotton, in the photo, says that President Donald Trump gives American troops a & # 39; world of pain & # 39; can be imposed on Mexican cartels after the Mormon massacre that killed nine. The republican said that Wednesday America may be forced to take matters into its own hands.
Rhonita Miller and four of her children – her six-month-old twins, Titus and Tiana, her 10-year-old daughter Krystal and the 12-year-old son Howard – were all killed. Two more mothers, Dawna Langford and Christina Langford Johnson, as well as the sons of Dawna, Trevor, 11 and Rogan, 3, were also all killed in the massacre on Monday in the northern state of Sonora
The morning after the murders, Trump, left, on Twitter, Lopez Obrador urged him to call so that the two could jointly pursue those responsible for the Sonora murders. When Lopez Obrador was informed of Trump's tweets, he rightly told a newsletter that he believed Mexico could handle the case without the intervention of a & # 39; foreign government & # 39;
The Arkansas senator, a close ally of Trump on Capitol Hill, said to Neil Cavuto on Tuesday: “It is clear that the Mexican government cannot handle this.
& # 39; President Lopez Obrador took office almost a year ago and said his strategy for dealing with the cartels would be more hugs, not bullets.
& # 39; That may work in a children's fairy tale, but in the real world, when three American women and six American children were shot and burned alive, the only thing that can stop bullets is larger and larger bullets.
& # 39; If the Mexican government cannot protect American citizens in Mexico, the United States must take matters into its own hands. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; We can certainly defend American citizens in Mexico if Mexico cannot or will not do so. & # 39;
Cotton followed on Wednesday by repeating those points and adding: & # 39; Our special operating forces were able to disable al-Baghdadi in Syria (ISIS leader Abu Bakr) a few weeks ago, eight years ago they did it with Usama Bin Laden in Pakistan.
& # 39; I am confident that if the president told them to do so, they could impose a world of pain on these cartels a few dozen kilometers from the US border. & # 39;
Members of the National Guard are on guard near La Morita Ranch, belonging to the Mexican-American LeBaron family of which nine members were killed in a bullet rain on Monday
A baby car seat splashed with blood in an SUV with bullets controlled by a mother
Blood-stained belongings are seen in a bullet vehicle in which members of the LeBaron family were traveling when they were shot by cartel members
Maria Rhonita Miller was murdered together with her six month old twins, Titus and Tiana (left and right), her 10 year old daughter Krystal (left) and the 12 year old son Howard (middle)
Dawna & # 39; s injured children are pictured above in the hospital. Kylie Evelyn, 14, is pictured left in the hospital with blood-soaked jeans as she is comforted by a family member after the shocking attack. Brixon Oliver, 10 months old, feeds from a bottle (right) in the hospital next to his brothers and sisters
Rhonita Miller and four of her children – her six-month-old twins, Titus and Tiana, her 10-year-old daughter Krystal and the 12-year-old son Howard – were all killed.
Two more mothers, Dawna Langford and Christina Langford Johnson, as well as the sons of Dawna, Trevor (11) and Rogan (3), were all also killed.
Eight children, some only babies, survived the ambush.
The suspect – only identified as a 30-year-old man named Leonardo – was found at the end of Tuesday in the city of Agua Prieta, directly on the border with the US state of Arizona, who held two hostages who were pinched and tied in a vehicle
The morning after the murders, Trump on Twitter urged Lopez Obrador to call him so that the two could jointly prosecute those responsible for the murders in Sonora.
When Lopez Obrador was notified of Trump's tweets, he told a newsletter that he believed Mexico could handle the case without the intervention of a & # 39; foreign government & # 39 ;.
& # 39; It is a matter for us, the Mexican government, to maintain our sovereignty independently, & # 39; he said.
But he quickly called Trump and thanked him for his offer of help – repeating his mantra that the problem of violence in Mexico could not be tackled with more violence.
Officials have said that the shooters of the cartel may have mistaken the large SUVs of the group for those of a rival gang amid a vicious grass war.
They also blamed Juarez drug cartel and its armed wing, La Linea, for the attack.
The mothers rode in separate vehicles with their children from the La Mora religious community where they live, a decades-old settlement in the state of Sonora, founded as part of an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
A heavily armed suspected contract killer – only identified as a 30-year-old man named Leonardo – was arrested and is being investigated for the murders.
He was found at the end of Tuesday in the city of Agua Prieta in the state of Sonora after the Mormon family had been ambushed the day before.
Destroyed relatives of the killed victims visited the scene of the horrific murders late Tuesday and were sobbing as they watched the burnt-out and bullet-hit SUVs.
Authorities were spotted and dragged the burned wreck away from the scene on Wednesday.
Members of the National Guard are on guard at the La Morita farm after nine members of a Mormon family have been massacred. Mexican authorities said on Wednesday that they believe a drug cartel called & # 39; La Linea & # 39; responsible for the murder of the three women and six children
Members of the Lebaron family look at the burned car in which part of the nine murdered members of the family were killed and burned during an ambush of armed men
The mothers rode in separate vehicles with their children from the religious community of La Mora where they live, which is a decade-old settlement in the state of Sonora, founded as part of an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
In the aftermath of the tragedy, harrowing and heroic details of the attack emerged, including how Dawna & # 39; s faster 13-year-old son Devin covered his wounded siblings to hide them before he walked 13 miles for help of relatives in La Mora.
Relatives say he reached the community six hours later. Family members warned the authorities before arming themselves with weapons to search for the injured children.
Christina is also credited with saving the lives of her children after putting her seven-month-old baby Faith on the floor of her suburbs and stepping out of the vehicle, waving her arms to show the shooters that she was no threat.
She may have been removed from the vehicle to divert their attention because her bullet-ridden body was found about 15 meters away from the SUV.
The baby was unharmed and still found in her car seat in the back seat of the SUV when family members arrived on the scene hours later. Since then she has been reunited with her father Tyler Johnson.
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