President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Navy ships are being moved toward Venezuela as his administration beefs up counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean following a U.S. drug indictment against Nicolás Maduro.
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“As governments and nations focus on the coronavirus there is a growing threat that cartels, criminals, terrorists and other malign actors will try to exploit the situation for their own gain,” said Trump. “We must not let that happen.”
The U.S. Navy is dispatching ships to protect Americans from narco-terrorists taking advantage of the coronavirus crisis.— Trump War Room - Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) April 1, 2020
Sec. Esper: "The illegitimate Maduro regime in Venezuela [relies] on...the sale of narcotics to maintain their oppressive hold on power." pic.twitter.com/ar6N080gP1
The Trump Administration has dispatched U.S Navy ships after receiving intelligence that drug cartels were planning to take advantage of coronavirus.— Trump War Room - Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) April 1, 2020
"This is the United States military. You will not penetrate this country...we will marshal whatever assets are required." 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/6GwaO96vrB