In an interview with Newsmax TV, former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik said GOP front-runner Donald Trump should be seriously concerned about a $100 million bounty placed on his head by Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
However, in the Wednesday interview with J.D. Hayworth, Kerik also said the presidential candidate could still run an effective campaign and shouldn’t be dissuaded by death threats, even if they emanate from the most powerful drug lord in Mexico.
“Any time you’re threatened by anyone, it’s a reason for concern,” Kerik said. “This guy is a known killer … He’s involved in one of the largest drug cartels in the world.
“The amount of money he has access to or could put together for some kind of reward or bounty is enormous really, and it’s something that they should be concerned with,” he added.
“With all this chatter, it’s something that we should and Donald Trump should be actually concerned with.”
El Chapo made the threat after his July escape from a Mexican prison. In response to his escape, Trump tweeted, “Mexico’s biggest drug lord escapes from jail. Unbelievable corruption and USA is paying the price. I told you so!”
In return, El Chapo released a profanity-laced retort on Twitter in which he said, Trump would “eat his words” regarding both his escape and the Mexican government. It later emerged that El Chapo may have placed a $100 million bounty on Trump’s head.
However, Kerik pointed out that this sort of threat comes with the territory for anyone running for president — even if the man threatening Trump is more dangerous than your average would-be assassin.
“It’s no different than the threats they have on the president,” Kerik said, adding that “there was a 400 percent increase in the amount of threats on President Obama than on others.”
Kerik also said that Trump’s security team is among the best that money can buy