By Jason Ditz
(ANTIWAR.COM) — The Trump Administration has announced Friday, along with a new round of sanctions against members of the Venezuelan government, that they are dispatching US military aircraft carrying aid to the Venezuelan border.
The aid can’t get into Venezuela directly, as it is being sent to opposition leader Juan Guaidó and with an eye specifically toward endorsing him as the new ruler of Venezuela. Instead, the aid will be sent to Cucuta, on the Colombian side of the border.
It is unclear what the plans are for getting the aid across the border, and it is expected to arrive on Saturday. If anything, it is likely to raise tensions along the border, where the US has considered sending a large number of ground troops.
The administration has repeatedly said that military intervention remains on the table in imposing regime change in Venezuela. There is no timeline for that, though it is clear that some Trump aides are pushing for action to ensure Guaidó ultimately takes power.