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Trump Antagonizing Venezuela’s Neighbors Won’t Bring Democratic Change

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the crisis in Venezuela during a visit to Florida International University in Miami, Florida, U.S., February 18, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Punishing allies won’t help to rally international support for the restoration of democracy.

Originally published at Bloomberg

April 24, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the crisis in Venezuela during a visit to Florida International University in Miami, Florida, U.S., February 18, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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President Donald Trump’s Venezuela gambit has come up short. Three months after the U.S. recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as president and rolled out far-reaching energy sanctions, Nicolas Maduro remains entrenched atop his militarized regime.

Disappointed, the U.S. administration has begun lashing out. Yet its new moves will divide the dozens of countries that have joined an anti-Maduro coalition, making the South American nation’s return to democracy all the harder.

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The Cuba crackdown is a case in point. The administration recently announced limits on the amount of money that U.S.-based families can send back to relatives, and restrictions on visits to the island by those without family ties there. And for the first time since the Helms-Burton Act was passed more than 20 years ago, an administration will not waive Title III, enabling U.S. citizens and companies to sue those using properties seized during the Cuban Revolution.

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