Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

President Trump meets with Brazil's president

Brazil’s Bolsonaro heads to US to strengthen economic and military cooperation Brazil's Bolsonaro in US to Cement Alliance With Trump
Patty Aguilar | 19 March, 2019, 21:56

Watch their remarks in the player above.

"We (the U.S.) are looking at it strongly, we are very inclined to do that, the relationship that we have right now with Brazil has never been better, I think there was a lot of hostility with other presidents, there is zero hostility with me", Trump said as he sat alongside President Jair Bolsonaro. Some used the hashtag #BolsonaroandTrump to herald the meeting of the US president with the man the foreign press has dubbed "Trump of the Tropics".

Brazil shares a border with Venezuela and, like the United States, has joined with dozens of other world leaders in pressuring socialist Nicholas Maduro to turn over power to opposition leader Juan Guaido.

He also sought to underscore his pro-America stance with a tweet upon his arrival Sunday. 'It's the beginning of a partnership focused on liberty and prosperity, something that all of us Brazilians have long wished for'.

Eduardo, Bolsonaro's youngest son and a member of Brazil's Congress, is accompanying his father on the USA trip.

Yet, on what White House officials hope will be a paradigm-shifting day, Trump and his team got an early start on stepping on their own intended message about "fundamentally" overhauling relations with South America's largest economy.

Bolsonaro's son, Eduardo, a Brazilian lawmaker accompanying him on his first bilateral overseas trip, described the CIA as "one of the most respected intelligence agencies in the world" in a tweet that was likely to raise eyebrows back home in Brazil, where the USA and its spy services have been regarded with suspicion in recent years.

It could also have large-scale implications for the future of efforts to slow or reverse global warming: Brazil is home to much of the threatened Amazon rainforest and Bolsonaro, like Mr Trump, is a climate change skeptic.

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In 2013, leaks from Edward Snowden revealed that the National Security Agency had wiretapped conversations of then-President Dilma Rousseff, leading to a years of frosty relations between the US and Brazil. Referring to Trump, he added, "He wants an American great and I want a Brazil great too".

In his speech to the Chamber of Commerce, Bolsonaro made that comparison himself, describing how he has had to contend with "fake news" and tough coverage from established news organizations.

The image Bolsonaro is attempting to convey is one of a "strong" and "honest" leader, Greenwald said, but recent revelations have severely undermined this narrative while raising disturbing questions about the Brazilian president and his sons. Brazil is the second-largest economy in the Western Hemisphere, and the United States is Brazil's second-largest trading partner after China.

Meanwhile, the crisis in Venezuela is also on the agenda for the two leaders to discuss.

A senior Trump administration official told reporters Monday that a new "North-South axis" is on the table.

Brazil, like the US, has recognized the leader of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as Venezuela's interim president under the argument that Maduro's re-election a year ago was illegitimate.

The two were slated to work toward creating a "north-south axis" between the United States and Brazil on economic issues as the two largest economies in the western hemisphere, the official said.

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