In Venezuela, Many Hope Trump Will Win to Keep Pressure on Maduro

Despite Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s promises not to soften measures against Maduro, some Venezuelans believe he will take a less confrontational approach.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Many Venezuelans are hoping for the re-election of U.S. President Donald Trump, whose campaign of aggressive sanctions against the South American nation’s ruling Socialist Party has won over a broad swathe of President Nicolas Maduro’s critics.

The Trump administration has promised that sanctions will cause the ouster of Maduro, who has overseen a catastrophic economic meltdown that fueled a mass exodus of migrants.

But the strategy has, after nearly two years in place, failed to shake Maduro from power, and critics say the measures have exacerbated the once-prosperous OPEC member’s . . .

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