Asti: To be honest, Venezuela has been increasingly mismanaged ever since Chavez took a hard left toward populism and old school communism (not European social democracy). Maduro was likely chosen on loyalty to the cause and nothing else, he is clearly in way over his head. The regime is stuck in a downward spiral mostly of their own making. The only way Maduro will make it another 5 years is as a tin-pot dictator propped up by the Russia/China axis for sweetheart oil deals, which means the populace can look forward to third-world living standards for the foreseeable future. Venezuelans definitely could use the aid. Yes it is also a thinly veiled attack on the regime, but a peaceful one. Maduro is a predictable idiot for turning it into a vote of confidence in himself. The only reason people aren't exactly ecstatic about Trump's pressure here is that the only thing worse than an idiot running a country, is two idiots fighting over a country.