TUCSON, Ariz. — President Donald Trump is weighing in on the nine U.S. citizens killed in Mexico Monday morning.
"If Mexico needs or requests help in cleaning out these monsters, the United States stands ready, willing & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively," the president said in a series of tweets.
....monsters, the United States stands ready, willing & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively. The great new President of Mexico has made this a big issue, but the cartels have become so large and powerful that you sometimes need an army to defeat an army!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2019
In a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador rebuffed Trump's offer, saying "It's not in agreement with our convictions. The worst thing is war."
A family member says the victims were three women, four small children and two infants, and were dual U.S.-Mexican citizens. Mexican authorities say the attack may have been a case of mistaken identiy between "conflicting groups in the area."
Other family members, meanwhile, say they don't believe the attack was an accident, and it's not the first run-in with organized crime groups in Mexico.
The family is part of a farming community in Mexico known as La Mora, whose residents identify as mormon but consider themselves separate from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Associated Press reports.'
The rescued family members came through Douglas before being flown to a hospital in Tucson, according to the Douglas mayor.