|January 6, 2023
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Ashley Moody is demanding that President Joe Biden confront Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on the fentanyl crisis during next week's meeting in Mexico City. Biden failed to demand accountability and cooperation during previous meetings with both Obrador and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Mexico and China both play tremendous roles in the growing fentanyl crisis claiming record numbers of American lives every year. In a letter sent today, Attorney General Moody is demanding that Biden use next week’s meeting to correct course and fight for the American people.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “President Biden must not squander this opportunity to demand accountability from Mexico for its role in the deadly fentanyl crisis that is claiming record numbers of American lives. Biden is 0–2 in previous meetings, but now has an opportunity to hold President Obrador’s feet to the fire and force cooperation in the dismantling of fentanyl production and distribution centers operated by the Mexican drug cartels.”
Ahead of Biden’s visit to Mexico City, the White House announced an agenda that excluded fentanyl to focus on “climate and the environment, migration, diversity and inclusion and increasing North America’s economic competitiveness.” Thursday, Biden added that the president and Obrador will also discuss strengthening the border between the two countries. At about the same time that the White House announced the Mexico City trip, two federal agencies announced grim nationwide drug-related statistics:
- The Drug Enforcement Administration seized more than 379 million deadly doses of fentanyl in 2022—enough to kill every man, woman and child in the U.S.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced more than 108,000 drug overdose deaths during a 12-month span ending in February 2022.
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To read Attorney General Moody’s letter, click here.
According to the White House, Biden will travel to Mexico City on Jan. 9 for a two-day summit with President Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Additionally, the Biden administration confirmed that Biden will finally visit the nation’s border with Mexico on Sunday, after two years of demands from Attorney General Moody and other national leaders.
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