Tense ties between the United States and Venezuela worsened over the weekend as the Latin American country captured two U.S. citizens attempting to overthrow the socialist government along with a band of rebels in a cross-border raid.
Venezuela and Cuban officials question the intentions behind the Enhanced Counter-Narcotic Operations announced by President Donald Trump, who has set out to increase the pressure on Latin American foes.
The USS Kidd was part of President Donald Trump's recently enhanced anti-drug mission he linked to stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus when a sick sailor had to be evacuated with the help of U.S. partner.
A senior administration official told Newsweek that the drug trade "can contribute to the spread of the virus," but a senior Pentagon official said the recent mission "has nothing to do with the virus."
"At this crucial time, both for global public health reasons, and to support the rights and lives of millions of people in these countries, sectoral sanctions should be eased or suspended," the U.N.'s human rights chief said.