President Trump meets with controversial Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Trump met with controversial Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday.
Trump and Bolsonaro discussed a range of topics during their first face-to-face meeting, including the expansion of trade relations, increasing private sector investment in Brazil and resolving the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela.
Trump suggested that all options are on the table when it comes to sanctioning Venezuela, which is facing its worse socioeconomic crisis in history as a result of widespread corruption and economic mismanagement.
“If the Madura forces would step aside, it could be a truly great and successful humanitarian project,” said Trump during a joint news conference following his meeting with Bolsonaro.
President Trump also says he intends to designate Brazil as a major non-NATO ally.
Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil’s president in January. During his election he drew international scrutiny for his racist, homophobic and misogynistic remarks, including saying that one of his fellow lawmakers was “not worth raping” because she “is very ugly.”
Many have also expressed horror at Bolsonaro’s views on the environment and plans to radically reduce protections on the Amazon and indigenous territories.
During his campaign, Bolsonaro was frequently compared to Trump because of his rise as a political underdog who tapped into the country’s anger at the political establishment.