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At a campaign event in Iowa this week, Florida Governor and Presidential Candidate Ron DeSantis said that “We will absolutely reserve the right if they’re invading our country and killing our people”, when he was asked if he was open to using drone stikes to target the Mexican drug cartels.
“We will lean in against the drug cartels. … We have the right to hold them accountable, and it’s not just if they happen to come over our border. If Mexico is not going to help us with that, well, then we’re going to have to do what we have to do,” the Florida governor added, according to the Hill.
In June DeSantis came out in support of allowing federal law enforcement at the southern border to use “deadly force” against dangerous criminal organizations who attempt to break into the United States.
“If the cartels are cutting through the border wall trying to run product into this country, they’re going to end up stone-cold dead as a result of that bad decision,” DeSantis said to applause while at an event in Texas.
“Day one, we’re declaring it to be a national emergency,” he added. “I’m going to do what no president has been willing to do. We are going to lean in against the cartels directly, and we are going to use deadly force against them.”