Okay, it’s not exactly an apology tour because he spoke the words while on U.S. soil. But it was an apology for America by Trump Secretary of State Rex Tillerson while standing alongside Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray Caso and Mexican Secretary of Government Miguel Angel Osorio Chong on Thursday during a press conference at the State Department.
Speaking about the “illicit drug trade” while holding his hand over his chest for several seconds as a symbol of admitted guilt, Trump Secretary of State Rex Tillerson argued that Mexico’s organized crime problem is the fault of the Unites States and that the American people need to own up to it:
“We know what we own, and we as Americans need to confront that we are the market. There is no other market for these activities –it is all coming here.
But for us, Mexico wouldn’t have the trans-criminal organized crime problem and the violence that they’re suffering. And we really have to own up to that.”
Granted, the U.S. buys more drugs from Mexico than any other country in the world. But to tie that to making America fully responsible for their organized drug problem and “suffering” is a huge stretch — one that we would expect to hear from an America-hating leftist.
I’m old enough to remember former President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry constantly apologizing to foreign countries for the U.S. and back then — in the good old days — it was called an “apology tour” and certainly unpatriotic.