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The USS Detroit sailed into disputed waters near Venezuela's coast on a closely watched mission.
President Nicolas Maduro has considered selling shares of the state-owned industry as the country faces economic crisis, Bloomberg reports.
The US blocked planes owned by Venezuela's state oil firm on Tuesday, several of which it said were involved in unsafe encounters with US aircraft.
The South American country has been cash-strapped since facing global sanctions.
Tehran's sprawling network of proxies and assets raise concerns it could try to damage US interests far from Iran's own borders
Bloomberg reported that two planes operated by MNG Holding, which aided in Ghosn's escape, also assisted a Venezuelan gold trade.
Rudy Giuliani reportedly defied White House policy to make a back-channel call to oust Venezuela’s President Maduro from office
Giuliani's involvement in shadow US policy in Ukraine helped get President Donald Trump impeached earlier this month.
4 ways China is gaining ground in Latin America, according to the US’s top military commander in the region
Chinese influence in Latin America has grown steadily, and where some see a new partner, the US sees a major competitor.
US sanctions on Venezuela have limited the country's access to the global financial system
Brazil is blaming Venezuela for a mysterious oil spill on its beaches, and it’s sending 5,000 troops to clean up the mess
While Brazil says the oil is from Venezuela, the reason for the spill is unclear, and Brasilia is sending thousands of troops to help clean it up.