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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was criticized at a press conference in Ecuador late Tuesday after a video surfaced calling the country’s record number of drug seizures “good news, bad news”.

Blinken was attending a joint press conference with Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Mauricio Montalvo in the country’s capital, Quito. The two were asked about security and migration, and Blinken said drug trafficking is a common concern for both countries.

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America’s top diplomat said the two countries are working to equip police and provide law enforcement with the tools they need to combat trafficking.

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“We are working together and what was happening – a story of good news, bad news – is facilitating record drug seizures,” he said. “The good news is that we are effective, the bad news is that this is a record drug seizure – which means the problem is, in a sense, even bigger.”

The Republican National Committee captured Blinken’s remarks and posted a short clip with the caption, “Watch: Secretary of State Antony Blinken admits to ‘record drug seizures’ at the border, but insists it is a ‘good news’ That’s bad news.”

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blacken appeared to be To mention the situation of smuggling in Ecuador. Earlier in the conference, he spoke about the extraordinary measures taken by Quito to combat drug trafficking.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken listens as US Ambassador to Ecuador Michael J.  Fitzpatrick speaks during a meeting with human rights organizations and civil society in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, October 19, 2021.  (Santiago Arcos/Pool via AP)

Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso declared a state of emergency in some parts of the country late Monday over the issue. informed of.

According to the report, Lasso said in a broadcast, “There is only one enemy on the streets of Ecuador: drug trafficking.” “When drug trafficking increases, there are murders and murders, looting of homes, vehicles, goods and people.”

The State Department did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Granthshala News.

Supporters of the Biden administration will likely point to Ecuador’s cooperation as an example of the administration aiming at the “root causes” of the border crisis and working in partnership with major countries.

Drug trafficking is also being felt along the US border.

Granthshala News reported earlier this month at a border entry in Farr, Texas, where Customs and Border Protection seized $1.2 million worth of cocaine and fentanyl on October 1.

Sheriff Mark Daniels of Cochise, Arizona, told “America’s Newsroom” last week that unless the border is secured, America’s war on drugs will only worsen.

“They have completely prepared us for failure on the south-west border,” he said. “And let me give you some numbers that are kind of the highlight of what’s happening. We’ve got 10,000 pounds of fentanyl, 180,000 pounds of meth, 86,000 pounds of cocaine, 5,000 pounds of heroin and 311,000 pounds of marijuana this fiscal year. Southwest border in the year.”

Blinken said it was his hope that the US and Ecuador would continue to advance their relationship and named the country as one of the first partners in the “Build Back Better World Program”. He said the program will invest in climate-resilient infrastructure projects with high environmental as well as labor standards.

“It is going to create jobs, it is going to support local communities, it is going to make progress against the climate crisis – all at the same time.