Donald Trump Asks FBI to Investigate Alleged El Chapo-Affiliated Threat
The presidential candidate has posted numerous tweets about Mexico's notorious drug lord since El Chapo's escape from a maximum-security facility Saturday.
The presidential candidate contacted the FBI's Manhattan office Monday in response to an incendiary post from an account purportedly run by El Chapo, according to ABC News sources.
"I'm fighting for much more than myself," Trump said about the threat Monday in a statement. "I'm fighting for the future of our country which is being overrun by criminals. You can't be intimidated. This is too important."
Trump posted numerous tweets Sunday about El Chapo, who broke out of a maximum-security prison in Mexico on Saturday, marking the second escape from a security facility for the nation's most notorious drug kingpin.
"Mexico's biggest drug lord escapes from jail. Unbelievable corruption, and USA is paying the price. I told you so!" tweeted Trump, who has been touting a need to build a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border that he wants the Mexican government to fund.
Then, writing in the third person, Trump added: "Can you envision Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton negotiating with 'El Chapo,' the Mexican drug lord who escaped from prison? Trump, however, would kick his ass!"
A response to Trump was posted later that day in Spanish to a Twitter account attributed to El Chapo, which read, "Keep f—ing around, and I will make you swallow your whore words...." It was not immediately clear who wrote the message.
Trump has been in hot water following his presidential campaign address last month, in which he referred to Mexican immigrants as "rapists" who are "bringing drugs [and] bringing crime." The Miss USA pageant, which is run by Trump's Miss Universe Organization, was broadcast Sunday on Reelz after NBC and Univision cut business ties with Trump in the wake of his speech.
A selection of tweets can be seen below.
Mexico's biggest drug lord escapes from jail. Unbelievable corruption and USA is paying the price. I told you so!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2015
Can you envision Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton negotiating with 'El Chapo', the Mexican drug lord who escaped from prison? ....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2015
...Trump, however, would kick his ass!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2015
Now that the Mexican drug lord escaped from prison, everyone is saying that most of the cocaine etc. coming into the U.S. comes over border!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2015
The U.S. will invite El Chapo, the Mexican drug lord who just escaped prison, to become a U.S. citizen because our "leaders" can't say no!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2015
El Chapo and the Mexican drug cartels use the border unimpeded like it was a vacuum cleaner, sucking drugs and death right into the U.S.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2015
When will people, and the media, start to apologize to me for my statement, "Mexico is sending....", which turned out to be true? El Chapo— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2015
Sigue chingando y voy hacer que te tragues todas tus putas palabras pinche guero cagaleche @realDonaldTrump— Joaquín Guzmán Loera (@ElChap0Guzman) July 12, 2015