Trump could still label cartels as terrorists, but U.S.-Mexico relations would suffer: Mexican official

FILE PHOTO: Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and Deputy Foreign Minister for North America Jesus Seade (not pictured) hold a news conference in Mexico City, Mexico, December 10, 2019. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump could designate Mexican drug gangs as terrorist groups whenever he chooses, but this designation would be negative for bilateral cooperation.

Ebrard, speaking in an interview with Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui, said Mexico’s government strongly rejects the proposal first floated last month. Trump backtracked on Friday, saying he would temporarily postpone the move.

Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon, Editing by Stefanie Eschenbacher