President Trump meets with Brazil's president

President Trump meets with Brazil's president

In a joint press event aired live from the Rose Garden in the White House Bolsonaro announced he supports the American President's fight against same-sex marriage, transgender people, and fake news.

A half-dozen ministers joined Bolsonaro during his three-day visit to Washington.

"I'm very proud to hear the President use the term "fake news", Mr Trump later remarked. Trump phoned Bolsonaro within hours of him being declared the victor of October's election, during which he espoused loud pro-America - and pro-Trump - views.

At the outset of their first meeting, the two populist presidents exchanged soccer jerseys from their national teams, with Trump's name emblazoned on Brazil's famous yellow shirt and Bolsonaro's on the United States of America uniform.

"I think I can speak for both countries, all options are on the table", Trump said.

In addition to their shared political agenda, Bolsonaro spoke hopefully of a blossoming friendship with Trump.

"We want to have a great Brazil just like Trump wants to have a great America", he said. "I call it fake news".

Like Trump, Bolsonaro has a polarizing history of commentary that critics call xenophobic, anti-immigrant, misogynistic and homophobic.

In 2011, he said he'd rather see his own son die in a auto crash than learn that he was gay.

National security adviser John Bolton traveled to Brazil to meet with Bolsonaro a month after his election, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attended his inauguration.

A former military officer, Bolsonaro served for almost three decades in Congress and became the president on January 1. In a bid to force a change of leadership, the United States has imposed oil sanctions on Venezuela as well as sanctions on individuals associated with the government of Maduro, who charges that he is the target of a USA coup plot.

Trump said that he and Bolsonaro will have a "fantastic working relationship" and that "we have many views that are similar".

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Bolsonaro kept up the warm words for Trump when asked whether the newfound friendliness with Washington would cool if Americans elected a socialist at the next election in 2020.

Armstrong said USA diplomats aim to make Trump's meeting with Bolsonaro "look good" politically to show that Trump has brought at least one Latin American country into the US sphere of influence.

The president of Brazil made an unusual visit to Central Intelligence Agency headquarters and later spoke of his admiration for the United States on the second day of a trip that reflected his country's shift to a more pro-American stance.

He praised Trump for changing the United States in a way he said he hopes to change Brazil.

USA officials say they are focused on putting diplomatic and financial pressure on Maduro's government, which says Mr. Trump is preparing for military intervention in a country struggling with hyperinflation and shortages of basic goods.

"Somebody said it reminded them a little bit of our campaign", he said of Mr Bolsonaro's effort, "which I'm honored by".

Both leaders said their policies were also aligned on many issues, including Venezuela, security, and trade.

Separately, the U.S. announced on Tuesday new sanctions against Venezuela's state-run mining company Minerven and its president, Adrian Perdomo, in a bid to further cut off funding to the government.

An agreement was inked to protect US space and defense technology, but it needs to be ratified by Brazil's Congress before American companies can use Alcantara to launch satellites. Brazil has traditionally been concerned about American influence in Latin America. "It's the beginning of a partnership focused on liberty and prosperity, something that all of us Brazilians have long wished for".

Looming over their discussion was the fact that China, now embroiled in a trade war with the United States, has eclipsed America in trade and investment with Brazil. "And the Brazilians understood that and vote massively for President Bolsonaro", he said. "We can not leave them the way they are". According to the Commerce Department, the United States had an $8.3 billion trade surplus with Brazil in 2018.

"I do believe Donald Trump is going to be re-elected. But I like him".

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