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General Milley Drops Hammer On Mexican Cartels: ‘We Will Defend Our Country Regardless Of The Cost’

By  Ryan SaavedraDailyWire.com
WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES - MARCH 4, 2020: General Mark Milley, Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff, at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Armed Services
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On Wednesday, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley warned Mexican drug cartels that are trying to ramp up drug trafficking into the U.S. as the country deals with a pandemic that the U.S. military will defend the country “regardless of the cost.”

Milley’s remarks came after President Donald Trump announced late on Tuesday afternoon that the administration was launching a massive new offensive against the Mexican drug cartels that includes support from the U.S. Military.

“Today the United States is launching enhanced counter narcotics operations in the western hemisphere to protect the American people from the deadly scourge of illegal narcotics,” Trump said. “We are deploying additional Navy destroyers, combat ships, aircraft and helicopters, Coast Guard cutters and Air Force surveillance aircraft, doubling the capabilities in the region.”

After Trump’s remarks, Milley said, “There’s thousands of sailors, coast guardsmen, soldiers, airman, Marines, involved in this operation. We came across some intelligence some time ago that the drug cartels as a result of covid-19 were going to try to take advantage of the situation and try to infiltrate additional drugs into our country.”

“We are at war with terrorists and we are at war with the drug cartels as well,” Milley continued. “This is the United States Military. You will not penetrate this country. You will not get past jump street. You’re not going to come in here and kill additional Americans. And we will marshal whatever assets are required to prevent your entry into this country to kill Americans.”

“So right now, the Navy has marshaled additional ships … and they have set sail already and are in the Caribbean right now,” Milley concluded. “In addition to that, there [are] ten Coast Guard cutters and there’s special operation forces and security force assistance brigades along with Air Force reconnaissance aircraft. The bottom line is, you are not going to get through. Now is not the time to try to penetrate the United States will illegal drugs to kill Americans. With the United States Military, we will defend our country regardless of the cost.”

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GENERAL MARK MILLEY: Thank you, secretary, for those words. And thank you Mr. President for your leadership. I want to publicly thank the Admiral Craig Fowler, commander of U.S. Southern Command out of Miami for leading this operation, which is underway effective today and also Admiral Gilday, the Chief and Naval Operation Admiral Schultz for their contributions to this from their services.

There’s thousands of sailors, coast guardsmen, soldiers, airman, Marines, involved in this operation. We came across some intelligence some time ago that the drug cartels as a result of covid-19 were going to try to take advantage of the situation and try to infiltrate additional drugs into our country. As we know, 70,000 Americans die on an average annual basis to drugs. That is unacceptable. We are at war with covid-19. We are at war with terrorists. And we are at war with the drug cartels as well.

This is the United States Military. You will not penetrate this country. You will not get past jump street. You’re not going to come in here and kill additional Americans. And we will marshal whatever assets are required to prevent your entry into this country to kill Americans.

So right now, the Navy has marshaled additional ships … and they have set sail already and are in the Caribbean right now. In addition to that, there is ten Coast Guard cutters and there’s special operation forces and security force assistance brigades along with Air Force reconnaissance aircraft. The bottom line is you are not going to get through. Now is not the time to try to penetrate the United States will illegal drugs to kill Americans. With the United States Military we will defend our country regardless of the cost.

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