Mexican state security chief is among the five dead in helicopter crash on U.S. border with Mexico (CNSNews.com)
“I know how to deal with this,” Trump said, according to the New York Times. “This is a very dangerous place. They are going to come in. I don’t know if I will have the strength to make a fight. If I have to, I tell you I will.”
Trump told the Times, “I tell you, they’re coming in fast, and I don’t know if I can stop and get rid of all of them.”
Trump had just arrived in Hidalgo. Mexico’s secretary of public security, Alfonso Durazo, told a press conference that the attack was a “terrorist” attack.
The U.S. State Department confirmed to Fox News that an American citizen was among the fatalities.
“We deeply regret losing a colleague and appreciate the quick response by authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the tragedy in Mexico,” State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said.
Officials did not immediately confirm the identity nor the nationality of the missing American who was on a Mexican government-issued permit.
President Donald Trump arrives at a White House event to unveil a new U.S. travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries, in Washington, U.S., August 25, 2017.
“We are still working through that right now,” said David Shulkin, who recently resigned as Secretary of Health and Human Services. “We have some new information, and we will be briefing the press and our colleagues as we move into this process.”
U.S. Embassy personnel to Mexico City were told a family with U.S. ties was among those killed in the attack as they fled the Mexican city on Monday, The Washington Post reported.
Trump is scheduled to speak Thursday night inside the convention center to honor the victims of last week’s shootings at U.S. Naval Base in Mexico in the city of Hermosillo.