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April 1, 2020, 5:53 p.m. EDT

Trump announces new counter-narcotics operations in western hemisphere

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By Robert Schroeder

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the U.S. is launching enhanced counter-narcotics operations in the western hemisphere. Speaking at the White House, Trump said the U.S. "must not let the drug cartels exploit the [coronavirus] pandemic to threaten American lives." Trump said the U.S. Southern Command will boost surveillance and disruption and seizures of drug shipments.

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