United States: US steps up pressure on Venezuela

The Trump administration is deploying more US Navy warships and aircraft to the Caribbean to prevent drug cartels and “corrupt actors” like Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to allegedly smuggle more narcotics.

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he was doubling US military resources in the region, including destroyers, surveillance planes and personnel, in an anti-drug crackdown to deal with what he called a “growing threat”.

The beefed-up operation – quickly dismissed by the Maduro government – will also call for sending Navy ships closer to Venezuela, according to an American official and two sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity. But it was unclear how close they would get to Venezuelan shores, the sources said.

The full original article can be found at straitstimes.com

(Photo: Zurimar Campos/Venezuelan Presidency/AFP via Getty Images)

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