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Trump Moves Toward Labeling Mexican Cartels as Terrorist Groups

  • Top U.S. officials are seeking to reach a decision this week
  • Trump to meet Friday with top advisers to weigh designation

Photographer: Herika Martinez/AFP via Getty Images

The Trump administration is moving forward on calls to classify Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations after the killing of nine U.S. citizens in Mexico, with top officials seeking to reach a decision this week, according to three people familiar with the matter.

President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet Friday with top advisers at the White House to discuss whether to proceed with the move, said the people who spoke on condition of anonymity. Under the plan, the State Department would be allowed to designate cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, putting them in the same category as U.S. enemies including Islamic State and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.