Trump campaign floats idea of using seized cartel assets to pay for border wall

Unnamed sources within the Trump campaign have floated the possibility of, in effect, making the Mexican cartels pay for the border wall.  In an exclusive report, Jon Conradi of Lifezette (owned by enthusiastic Trump supporter Laura Ingraham) writes:

 To fund construction of a new U.S. border wall, Donald Trump and senior advisers are considering various ideas, including the use of assets seized from drug cartels and others in the illicit drug trade.

As the debate over who will pay for the wall dominates the discussion on cable news, sources involved in the pre-planning of the GOP nominee’s Mexico trip told LifeZette the Trump camp is looking for innovative ways to pay for the construction of the border wall — ways that both countries can support. Sensitivities in Mexico regarding Trump’s visit, and specifically paying for the border wall, are running high.

A senior Trump policy adviser stressed the proposal was just one of several funding options being discussed.

Currently:

The amount of money seized from the illicit drug trade last year exceeded $8.7 billion, according to an annual Justice Department’s audit. That amount also does not include any money seized from cartels by the Mexican government.

Obviously, not all of that is cartel money.  And the cartel funds may be very hard to track down, as they have available the finest minds of finance to help them hide and invest billions of dollars they annually make.

A University of Pittsburg (sic) study from three years ago found that the Mexican cartels are profiting to the tune of some $25 to $30 billion dollars annually from drugs alone.

Brandon Darby and Ildefonso Ortiz of Breitbart see how existing restraints could be loosened by a President Trump:

Trump’s idea to force the cartels to pay will likely manifest in the form of seizing their assets. It is likely that the U.S. State Department’s diplomatic shackles placed upon the FBI will be removed, as it is common knowledge that the State Department pressures the FBI to balance their law enforcement priorities with diplomatic concerns–a restriction that makes it difficult to properly address Mexican cartels when many of the elected leaders in Mexico are actually surrogates for those very cartels, as Breitbart Texas has reported ad nauseam.

And provide some interesting background:

Trump’s campaign is now led by Stephen Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News who stepped down temporarily to run the campaign. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project began under Bannon’s leadership and the issue is dear to his heart. The project allows clandestine citizen journalists in several Mexican states that are under direct control from Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel to have a platform to expose the evils of the transnational criminal groups and has a stated goal of warring with the criminals and exposing them for the purpose of ending them.

In addition to providing a voice to the courageous citizen journalists in Mexico, the project singles out cartel commanders one by one and focuses media attention on them until the Mexican authorities are forced to act and go after the criminal boss, thus picking them off one at a time. Bannon co-founded and presided over the project until he went to the Trump campaign and someone with his knowledge on the cartels leading the campaign makes it inevitable that Trump wouldn’t also have the Mexican cartels on his mind each day–along with the grief of the loved ones of the cartels’ countless victims.

Unnamed sources within the Trump campaign have floated the possibility of, in effect, making the Mexican cartels pay for the border wall.  In an exclusive report, Jon Conradi of Lifezette (owned by enthusiastic Trump supporter Laura Ingraham) writes:

 To fund construction of a new U.S. border wall, Donald Trump and senior advisers are considering various ideas, including the use of assets seized from drug cartels and others in the illicit drug trade.

As the debate over who will pay for the wall dominates the discussion on cable news, sources involved in the pre-planning of the GOP nominee’s Mexico trip told LifeZette the Trump camp is looking for innovative ways to pay for the construction of the border wall — ways that both countries can support. Sensitivities in Mexico regarding Trump’s visit, and specifically paying for the border wall, are running high.

A senior Trump policy adviser stressed the proposal was just one of several funding options being discussed.

Currently:

The amount of money seized from the illicit drug trade last year exceeded $8.7 billion, according to an annual Justice Department’s audit. That amount also does not include any money seized from cartels by the Mexican government.

Obviously, not all of that is cartel money.  And the cartel funds may be very hard to track down, as they have available the finest minds of finance to help them hide and invest billions of dollars they annually make.

A University of Pittsburg (sic) study from three years ago found that the Mexican cartels are profiting to the tune of some $25 to $30 billion dollars annually from drugs alone.

Brandon Darby and Ildefonso Ortiz of Breitbart see how existing restraints could be loosened by a President Trump:

Trump’s idea to force the cartels to pay will likely manifest in the form of seizing their assets. It is likely that the U.S. State Department’s diplomatic shackles placed upon the FBI will be removed, as it is common knowledge that the State Department pressures the FBI to balance their law enforcement priorities with diplomatic concerns–a restriction that makes it difficult to properly address Mexican cartels when many of the elected leaders in Mexico are actually surrogates for those very cartels, as Breitbart Texas has reported ad nauseam.

And provide some interesting background:

Trump’s campaign is now led by Stephen Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News who stepped down temporarily to run the campaign. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project began under Bannon’s leadership and the issue is dear to his heart. The project allows clandestine citizen journalists in several Mexican states that are under direct control from Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel to have a platform to expose the evils of the transnational criminal groups and has a stated goal of warring with the criminals and exposing them for the purpose of ending them.

In addition to providing a voice to the courageous citizen journalists in Mexico, the project singles out cartel commanders one by one and focuses media attention on them until the Mexican authorities are forced to act and go after the criminal boss, thus picking them off one at a time. Bannon co-founded and presided over the project until he went to the Trump campaign and someone with his knowledge on the cartels leading the campaign makes it inevitable that Trump wouldn’t also have the Mexican cartels on his mind each day–along with the grief of the loved ones of the cartels’ countless victims.