When two Americans were killed and two others kidnapped in the border city of Matamoros a week ago, the president of Mexico asserted on Monday that his nation is safer than the United States.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador claimed that rumors of violence in Mexico and travel advisories from the United States resulted from a plot to discredit his government by conservative lawmakers and American media.
The FBI announced last week that three additional women from the small Texas town of Peitas have been missing in Mexico since late February, despite López Obrador’s claims that Mexico was a safe place to visit.
At his morning press briefing, López Obrador asserted that Mexico was more secure than the US. “Traveling safely in Mexico is not a problem.”
The national homicide rate in Mexico is roughly 28 per 100,000 people. In contrast, the homicide rate in the United States is only about 7 per 100,000, or about one-fourth as high.
The president dismissed ongoing worries about violence. Currently, the U.S. Six of Mexico’s 32 drug cartel-affected states have “do not travel” advice, and another seven states have “reconsider travel” warnings.
López Obrador stated that the conservative politicians in the United States were waging a campaign against Mexico because they opposed its continued modernization.
The Mexican president disclosed the alleged scheme to U.S. media.
He claimed that these Republican politicians controlled most US news media. This brutality is not genuine, he said.