Trump: US to deploy anti-drug Navy ships near Venezuela
MIAMI (AP) — President Donald Trump says 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.
The president’s announcement Wednesday was a break from the daily White House press briefing to discuss the coronavirus pandemic. The mission involves sending additional Navy warships, surveillance aircraft and special forces teams to nearly double the U.S. counter-narcotics capacity in the Western Hemisphere, with forces operating both in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific.
But it has taken on greater urgency following last week’s indictment of Maduro and members of his inner circle for allegedly leading a narocterrorist conspiracy accused of smuggling cocaine a year into the U.S.