In a joint press conference in Buenos Aires on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. administration intends to combat funding networks established between Hezbollah and South American crime organizations. Tillerson said at a news conference in Buenos Aires.
"While this trade has brought benefits, the unfair trading practices used by many Chinese have also harmed those countries' manufacturing sectors, generating unemployment and lowering wages for workers", the US Secretary of State said.
In his speech at the University of Texas on Thursday, Tillerson also resurrected the Monroe Doctrine of US supremacy over Latin America, saying it was as "relevant" today as it was in the early 1820s, when it was first created to scale back the influence of European countries in the region in order to assert Washington's domination.
In a prelude to the tour, the secretary of state made thinly veiled reference to US support of a military coup in Venezuela to overturn the Maduro government at the University of Texas at Austin, last Thursday.
"In the history of Venezuela and South American countries, it is often times that the military is the agent of change when things are so bad and the leadership can no longer serve the people", Tillerson told the university audience.
Further isolating Venezuela is a central focus of Tillerson's week-long trip to the region, which will see him stop in Peru, Colombia and Jamaica after visiting Mexico and Argentina.
Venezuela's pro-government constitutional assembly last month ordered the presidential election to be held by the end of April - months ahead of when the country's presidential voting has traditionally taken place. Venezuela has traditionally been an important exporter of oil to the United States, which made Washington wary of playing the oil import ban card.
"We're always closely following the situation in Venezuela, which has now drifted toward a health and humanitarian crisis of extraordinary proportions", Faurie said. "And we did specifically discuss the presence of Lebanese Hezbollah in this hemisphere, which is raising funds obviously to support their terrorist activities. We do not seek short-term deals with lop-sided returns", Mr Tillerson said.
The bombings did not continue, but U.S. experts believe that Hezbollah, working under close Iranian supervision, has built a fund-raising network in Latin America that profits from drug smuggling to fund its political and military activities.
"I won't mention names right now ... but I look at these countries, I look at the numbers we send them and we send them massive aid, and they are pouring drugs into our country and they are laughing at us", Trump said at a televised round-table in Virginia. "Nothing and nobody is going to stop us".