WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump hosted Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been dubbed the “Trump of Tropics,” at the White House on March 19.
After decades of anti-Americanism in Brazilian politics, Bolsonaro’s visit marked a new chapter in relations between the United States and Brazil.
Both leaders said their policies were also aligned on many issues, including Venezuela, security, and trade. Trump praised Brazil for recognizing Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president and supporting the United States in providing humanitarian aid to Venezuelans.
During a joint news conference with Bolsonaro at the White House, Trump urged Venezuela’s military to end its support for socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro, calling him “a Cuban puppet.” In a joint statement, both leaders reiterated that they would stand with Guaidó, the democratically elected National Assembly, and the Venezuelan people.
“I think that all possibilities, all options are open,” Trump said when asked about the odds of military intervention.
“But we haven’t done the toughest of sanctions yet,” he said, adding that they may have to increase the sanctions against Venezuela.
Trump also condemned socialism during the news conference and said both the United States and Brazil were “united in support of the long-suffering people of Cuba and Nicaragua.”
“The twilight hour of socialism has arrived in our hemisphere. And hopefully, by the way, it has also arrived—that twilight hour—in our great country,” Trump said. “The last thing we want in the United States is socialism.” MORE