Marco Rubio Reportedly Targeted in International Assassination Plot
Diosdado Cabello, a lawmaker from the ruling socialist party in Venezuela, is suspected of plotting to assassinate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), according to the Miami Herald.
Rubio has publicly opposed the Venezuelan politician, who has been accused of drug trafficking. Rubio also serves as a leader in the diplomatic response to the contested elections in Venezuela, overseen by President NicolÃ¡s Maduro.
Maduro has succeeded in forging a new legislative body that could prevent the opposition party from offering meaningful checks on his power. President Donald Trump mangled U.S. diplomatic efforts when he publicly mused about the possibilitiy of taking military action against the South American nation.
While the U.S. has targeted 30 individuals from Venezuela with sanctions, Cabello was not on the list. But Rubio's vocal personal criticism enraged Cabello.
Rubio was seen with extra security in July, but has declined to comment on the alleged plot.