Trump forges bond with Brazil's Bolsonaro in White House visit

President Trump and Brazil’s new far-right leader President Jair Bolsonaro arranged to sign several bilateral agreements including one that allows the United States to use Brazil’s Alcantara Aerospace Launch Base for its satellites. (AP

In particular, Trump said he was "very proud to hear the president use the term fake news".

The official, briefing reporters on condition of anonymity, noted that Brazil has a close relationship with Venezuela's military and may be able to serve as a go-between with the security forces that continue to support Maduro.

Bolsonaro, a former army captain who styled his 2018 campaign on Trump's 2016 run, has declared himself an unabashed admirer of the United States president and his politics and the American way of life.

China long ago surpassed the United States as Brazil's biggest trading partner and Bolsonaro's economy minister on Monday urged the United States to open its market more to Brazil if it wanted to change the status quo. Mr Trump phoned Mr Bolsonaro within hours of him being declared the victor of October's election, during which he espoused loud pro-America - and pro-Trump - views.

Trump commented that he was glad that their supporters could see through the bias provided by old media and social media.

After 20 years of talks, both countries are finalizing a technology safeguards agreement to allow US companies to conduct space launches from Brazil.

Bolsonaro succeeded a leftist who at times had a frosty relationship with the United States.

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.

The two leaders share many similar views, as they reiterated at a press conference, and Bolsonaro represents Brazil's first pro-U.S. leader in decades.

Bolsonaro was recently elected as his country's president and is known as the "Trump of the Tropics" for his far-right agenda of cracking down on crime and corruption and nostalgia for Brazil's era of military dictatorship.

"May I say that Brazil and the United States stand side by side in their efforts to ensure liberties, and respect to traditional family lifestyles, respect to God our creator, against the gender ideology or politically correct attitudes, and against fake news", President Bolsonaro told reporters. The meeting between the leaders also marked many firsts in the relations of both countries. "He was unabashedly, particularly in Brazil, pro America", a senior administration official said of Bolsonaro.

"We don't want to say exactly" but, "all options are on the table".

Last September, a month before the elections in Brazil, Bolsonaro was stabbed during a campaign rally, losing 40 percent of his blood.

Trump also said he supported Brazil's efforts to join the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a club of the world's advanced economies.

"The majority of potential immigrants do not have good intentions or do not intend to do the best or do good for the American people", said Bolsonaro, adding that he hoped the US would uphold its current immigration policies. "They charge us whatever they want", he said in October.

The speech came after the two countries signed several bilateral agreements, including one that allows the United States to use Brazil's Alcantara Aerospace Launch Base for its satellites, and Brazil announced an end to visa requirements for USA tourists who visit the country.

Bolsonaro during his campaign said his government would defend the "true sense of marriage" between a man and a woman, even though same-sex couples have been able to marry across Brazil since 2013.

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