Subheading: The former presidential contender has been guarded by a security detail for the past several weeks.
It’s a dangerous world we live in, and it seems to get more and more dangerous on a daily basis.
The danger takes on many different forms, but one particular area of concern comes from the rising threats of violence against those that simply express an opinion.
As we saw from the horrific shooting at a GOP baseball practice earlier this year, those threats can’t be taken lightly.
The Miami Herald passes along the scoop on another threat that has popped up on the radar.
One of Venezuela’s most powerful leaders may have put out an order to kill Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a fervent critic of the South American country’s government, according to intelligence obtained by the U.S. last month.
Though federal authorities couldn’t be sure at the time if the uncorroborated threat was real, they took it seriously enough that Rubio has been guarded by a security detail for several weeks in both Washington and Miami.
Believed to be behind the order: Diosdado Cabello, the influential former military chief and lawmaker from the ruling socialist party who has publicly feuded with Rubio.
The former GOP presidential contender has made no secret of his opposition to what’s going on in Venezuela these days.
The country has been ripped at the seams by an oppressive government, and the situation is on the radar of the Trump administration as well.
The death threat was outlined in a memo to several law enforcement agencies disseminated last month by the Department of Homeland Security. The memo, designated “law enforcement sensitive” but not classified, was obtained by the Miami Herald.
The memo revealed an “order to have Senator Rubio assassinated,” though it also warned that “no specific information regarding an assassination plot against Senator Rubio has been garnered thus far” and that the U.S. had not been able to verify the threat. That Cabello has been a vocal Rubio critic in Venezuelan media was also noted, a sign federal authorities are well aware of the political bluster complicating the situation.
The abundance of caution is more than called for here, as rogue threats in today’s day and age can easily cross the line from mere hyperbole to actual physical danger.
Despite the looming threat, Rubio has shown no signs that he’ll be backing off on his tough talk against Venezuelan leadership.
President Donald Trump has already indicated that all options are on the table in regards to Venezuela, and it sounds like the actions of the ruling socialist party are creeping up the priority list at the White House.
Source: Miami Herald