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A defiant Maduro threatens 'cowboy' Trump after drug charge

Nicolás Maduro Moros is a Venezuelan politician who has been the President of Venezuela since assuming office in 2013. | Source: Government of Venezuela via MGN
Nicolás Maduro Moros is a Venezuelan politician who has been the President of Venezuela since assuming office in 2013. | Source: Government of Venezuela via MGN(KALB)
Published: Mar. 26, 2020 at 10:00 PM CDT
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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro stood defiant in the face of a $15 million bounty by the U.S. to face drug trafficking charges, calling President Donald Trump a “racist cowboy” and warning that he is ready to fight by whatever means necessary should the U.S. and neighboring Colombia dare to invade.

The U.S. Justice Department is accusing Maduro and several of his aides of conspiring with Colombian rebels "to flood the United States with cocaine."

The sweeping action made public Thursday is bound to heighten tensions between Washington and Caracas as the spread of the coronavirus threatens to collapse Venezuela's health system.

Its oil-dependent economy has already been driven deep into the ground by years of corruption and U.S. sanctions.

US indicts Venezuela's Maduro on narcoterrorism charges

The U.S. Justice Department has indicted Venezuela's socialist leader Nicolás Maduro and several key aides on charges of narcoterrorism.

The department accused them of conspiring with Colombian rebels "to flood the United States with cocaine."

The sweeping action is bound to heighten tensions between Washington and Caracas as the spread of the coronavirus threatens to collapse a health system and oil-dependent economy driven deep into the ground by years of corruption and U.S. sanctions.

Maduro accused the U.S. and Colombia of “giving orders to flood Venezuela with violence.” The U.S. State Department is offering rewards of up to $55 million for information leading to the arrests or convictions of Maduro and his associates.

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