Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro once again said he would like U.S. President Donald Trump to visit South America to discuss the Venezuelan crisis with the presidents of the region.
On Wednesday night, July 3, during an event celebrating U.S. Independence Day at the embassy in Brasilia, Bolsonaro said he extended an invitation to President Trump last week during G-20 summit meeting in Osaka, Japan.
“We have a problem in the north of Brazil, which is not just ours, but a problem for all of us who love freedom,” the Brazilian president said. “We don’t want other countries to go in that direction,” he said according to VOA.
The Brazilian president also celebrated the renewed friendship between Brazil and the United States, a “brother” country.
“We were together in the most difficult moments in the history of the world,” added Bolsonaro, who attended the embassy in Brasilia along with Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo, Justice Minister Sergio Moro, and Science and Technology Minister Marcos Pontes.
“Our government came to set aside the ideological bias and approach of countries with similar ideology,” said the conservative leader, who in his first six months of office met with President Trump twice and they have shared several phone calls.
Bolsonaro thanked President Trump for assisting Brazil in becoming a “Major non-NATO ally,”—a condition that allows the country priority access to the purchase of technology and war material, despite not being a member.
From 2003 to January of this year, Brazil was governed by leftist leaders, but Bolsonaro’s overwhelming victory in last year’s elections indicated that Brazilians are betting on the conservative leader to lead the country.
Bolsonaro has also shown a marked friendliness with countries led by right-wing leaders, such as President Trump.
The Brazilian president has also shown a good rapport with Argentine President Mauricio Macri. Both Argentina and Brazil are the countries that have most strongly condemned the government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela, which they describe as a dictatorship.
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