… while America burns
President Obama: Our other major focus today was the security that our citizens deserve. Criminal gangs and narco-traffickers pose a threat to each of our nations, and each of our nations has a responsibility to meet that threat. In Mexico, President Calderón has shown great courage in standing up to the traffickers and cartels, and we’ve sped up the delivery of equipment and assistance to support those efforts.
Here in the United States, we’ve increased cooperation on our southern border, and dedicated new resources to reducing the southbound flow of money and guns, and to reduce the demand for drugs in the United States, which helps fuel — helped to fuel this crisis. And today each of us reaffirmed our commitment to meeting this challenge together — because that’s the only way that we’re going to succeed.
Beyond our borders, these cartels and traffickers pose an extraordinary threat to our Central American neighbors. So we’re teaming up. Defense ministers from our three countries met last week as a group — for the first time ever. And we’re going to be coordinating our efforts more closely than ever, especially when it comes to supporting Central America’s new strategy on citizen security, which will be discussed at the Summit of the Americas in Colombia next week.