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Trump says US will increase counter-narcotics efforts in East Pacific, Caribbean

Reuters | Washington DC | Updated: 02-04-2020 03:19 IST | Created: 02-04-2020 03:18 IST
Trump says US will increase counter-narcotics efforts in East Pacific, Caribbean
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U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States will deploy Navy ships in the Caribbean and East Pacific to prevent drug cartels for taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic and smuggling more narcotics. Trump, joined by Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley at a White House briefing, said the move is needed because there is a "growing threat" that cartels and criminals will try to take advantage of the pandemic.

"We must not let that happen," said Trump.


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