The Justice Department now designates five groups, including MS-13 and Lebanese Hezbollah, as transnational crime groups.

The Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generación, the Sinaloa Cartel, and Clan del Golfo also received the designation, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday.

Under the designation, it makes the groups among the highest priority of law enforcement.

“They represent a direct threat to us,” Sessions said during prepared remarks in Washington, where he was joined by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. “We cannot allow them to expand their influence.”

Rosenstein, the No. 2 official at the department, will lead the overall task force, which will be organized into one subcommittee for each group.

“Taking on transnational criminal groups like the cartels is a priority for this president and for his administration,” Sessions said. “The same day I was sworn in as attorney general, President Trump ordered me to disrupt and dismantle these groups. We have embraced that goal — and we have been faithful to it every day.”

A team of “experienced international narcotics trafficking, terrorism, organized crime and money laundering prosecutors” will investigate individuals and networks providing support to Hezbollah, Sessions said.

Within 90 days, the task force subcommittees will provide Sessions with specific recommendations, which he said will be on “the best ways to prosecute these groups and ultimately take them off of our streets.”

Rosenstein described the task force as the “beginning of a multi-front campaign” against the groups.

The praise of Trump by both Sessions and Rosenstein comes as tensions with the president remain heightened.

Trump and Rosenstein met last week to clear the air over a report that said Rosenstein allegedly discussed wiretapping Trump in an effort to remove him from office.

Rosenstein denied the report, and Trump said last week he will not fire his deputy attorney general, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller and his Russia investigation.

Tensions have also continued between Trump and Sessions, who recused himself from the Russia investigation and paved the way for Mueller’s appointment.

The Washington Post reported last week that Trump recently talked with Sessions’ chief of staff Matthew Whitaker about replacing him — a sign that the president still wants to oust Sessions.