A plot to kill Florida Senator Marco Rubio have surfaced. Following the senator ratcheting up pressure from the United States on Venezuela, it is believed that the Central American country began to actively discuss a plot to kill Rubio. According to the Department of Homeland Security, they believe Venezuela would have reached out to Mexican nationals to carry out the assassination plot.
These alleged threats came from Diosdado Cabello Rondon, a Venezuelan politician. They were not specific or corroborated by enough entities to warrant a detailed explanation, however, it did cause concern for the U.S. senator. Both Miami-Dade County law enforcement and Capitol Police ramped up security for Rubio.
Rubio continues to speak out against Nicolas Maduro, a strongman in Venezuela, despite the potential threat to his life. He has pushed for increased sanctions, and last week, was involved in an exchange with Cabello Rondon on Twitter. The senator used the social media outlet to accuse Rondon, a Venezuelan official, that he was involved in trafficking illegal drugs. Rondon has denied this accusation.
For the safety of Rubio, very limited information has been released. POLITIC obtained a memo that did state that U.S. Senator Marco Rubio was, in some unspecified way, a problem for Cabello Rondon. The memo stated that Rondon may have talked about raising capital to put a hit on Rubio, or deal with the ruling regime of Venezuela’s problems. The memo indicated that any hit against the senator would be carried out by Mexican nationals.
Following a fraud filled election that allowed Maduro to take power of Venezuela, the country fell into a state of chaos. He was labeled as a dictator by the U.S. and sanctions were slapped on him as well as members of his regime.
Following the elections and a failed military uprising attempting to oust Maduro, Rubio turned to Twitter, calling out Rondon. The senator stated that the failed uprising showed the world who is truly in charge of Venezuela’s security forces.
In Spanish, Rondon replied, accusing Marco Rubio of imperialism. He also labeled him as a defender of the terrorists who attacked a Venezuelan military base, Fort Paramacay, earlier this month. That attack was apparently carried out by dissident security forces. Rondon called the U.S. Senator from Florida, Narco Rubio, which was ironic. The United States has long suspected that Cabello Rondon has been involved in the trafficking of illegal drugs, something he has repeatedly denied.
By Cletus Dillwood
Photo Courtesy Rubio for U.S. Senate