Trump To Send More Warships

By Sean Douglas

Hours after this country’s prime min­is­ter on Wednesday insist­ed a vis­it last week­end by Venezuela’s Vice President had noth­ing to do with the US indict­ing Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro for nar­co-ter­ror­ism, came word that US President Donald Trump was going to dou­ble the pres­ence of US war­ships in the Southern Caribbean. “Today, the United States is launch­ing enhanced counter-nar­cotics oper­a­tions in the Western Hemisphere to pro­tect the American peo­ple from the dead­ly scourge of ille­gal nar­cotics,” Trump told a news con­fer­ence in Washington on Wednesday.

Saying the US was coop­er­at­ing with 22 part­ner nations, to inter­dict illic­it drug ship­ments, he said, “We’re deploy­ing addi­tion­al Navy destroy­ers, com­bat ships, air­craft and heli­copters, Coast Guard cut­ters and Air Force sur­veil­lance air­craft, dou­bling our capa­bil­i­ties in the region,” Venezuela’s econ­o­my has been hit by low-oil prices plus US sanc­tions over alleged elec­tion-rig­ging, all this, send­ing thou­sands flee­ing abroad includ­ing to TT, even as covid19 now adds more uncer­tain­ty.

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