Florida Governor Ron DeSantis reportedly praised his record of law and order as governor, including his removal of rogue prosecutors, in the first GOP primary debate. He also promised that if elected president, he would deploy the U.S. military into Mexico to take off the criminal traffickers wreaking havoc on America.
Martha MacCallum, the moderator, questioned the 44-year-old governor of the third-most populous state in America about his support for deploying special forces into Mexico to combat the cartels.
“Yes, and I will do it on day one. The President of the United States has got to use all available powers as commander-in-chief to protect our country and to protect the people. So when they’re coming across, yes, we’re going to use lethal force. Yes, we reserve the right to operate. How many more tens of thousands are we going to let die?” DeSantis said.
“That is happening all across this country because of the poison that they are bringing in. So as president, would I use force? Would I treat them as foreign terrorist organizations? You’re darn right I would.” he continued.
The discussion of military action into Mexico comes as cartel violence has spread through the country in recent years.