Brazilian president shares some of Trumps habits: he is active on Twitter and also dismisses negative media coverage as fake news
Brazils president, Jair Bolsonaro, landed in Washington DC on Sunday two days before meeting Donald Trump, his first visit to a foreign leader since taking office on 1 January a visit he hopes will showcase the alignment between the right-wing, populist leaders of the two biggest economies in the Americas.
Bolsonaros spokesman said the visit showed the priority the government gives to building a solid partnership with the United States of America, while Trumps national security adviser, John Bolton, called the trip a historic opportunity (although the effect was somewhat undermined by a tweet in which he called the Brazilian president Bolonsaro).
As well as trade talks, the presidents will sign a technology deal to open up an underused Brazilian satellite base. Brazil will likely be given major non-NATO ally status, which could help it buy cheaper military equipment.
President Bolsonaro brings a real energy to the relationship, hes determined to make progress, Bolton told TV Globo. Were really very excited about being able to partner on a number of issues internationally. The crisis in Venezuela is a priority, he said.
The visit marks the first state visit by a Brazilian president since Dilma Rousseff cancelled a 2013 visit after revelations the National Security Agency had been spying on her.
But diplomats caution that traditionally-neutral Brazil may shoot itself in the foot by getting too close to Trump as he wages a trade war against China Brazils biggest commercial partner.
This wont further any national interest, said Rubens Ricupero, a former Brazilian ambassador to Washington and Rome. Todays international American agenda has nothing to do with Brazil.