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A defiant Maduro threatens ‘cowboy’ Trump after drug charge

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is warning Washington that he is ready to fight by whatever means necessary now that the U.S. has indicted the socialist leader and offered $15 million for his arrest.

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.

Associated Press

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