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Sanctions have created problems for the government but are also hurting the Venezuelan population which is already deep in pervasive poverty, hunger, lack of medicine, etc. I think the point is that you have to wait this one out and watch how this really evolves. You can’t press it very hard because it’s just going to make it worse for ordinary Venezuelans.
My own sense is that this pressure on Venezuela is also a very strong effort to change the government of Cuba. This does not simply have to do with Venezuela, and this, of course, is involved with the reelection campaign. Cubans in Florida and the increasing Venezuelan population in Florida can be important factors in the 2020 election.