The White House on Wednesday called out Venezuela and almost two dozen other nations as “major drug transit” or “drug producing countries," in an effort to tackle the ongoing drug trade in the U.S. – an issue Trump has attempted to curtail since he took office.
The Justice Department in March already indicted Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro for his his alleged involvement in a decades-long narco-terrorism and international cocaine trafficking conspiracy scheme.
Maduro, along with Venezuelan National Assembly member Diosdado Cabello Rondón, were accused of conspiring with Colombian rebels and military members "to flood the United States with cocaine" and use the drug trade as a "weapon against America," according to the DOJ indictment from March.
Maduro has not yet commented on the U.S.’s most recent attempts to target the socialist country, but faces additional international challenges as United Nations' investigators accused the president and other top officials Wednesday, of crimes against humanity.
Maduro is already under increased pressure by the U.S., along with other nations who support Guaidó’s presidency, but with the recent findings they could expect to see increased international sanctions which have already crippled Venezuela’s economy.