President Trump said he intends to designate Brazil as a non-NATO ally.
“As I told President Bolsonaro, I also intend to designate Brazil as a major non-NATO ally or even possibly, if you start thinking about it, a NATO ally. We have to talk to a lot of people, but maybe a NATO ally,” Trump said.
Earlier today, Trump said he is “inclined” to suggest that Brazil be granted NATO privileges.
“We’re looking at it very strongly. We’re very inclined to do that. The relationship we have now with Brazil has never been better,” Trump said.
Brazil has indicated that it hopes to see itself elevated to "major non-NATO ally" status by the Trump administration, a major step that could help it purchase military equipment.
President Trump touted the humanitarian aid the US had sent to Venezeula and called on the country's military to end its support for leader Nicolas Maduro.
Trump said the US has been "really very happy to feed thousands and thousands of starving Venezuelans."
"They have appreciated it and if the Maduro forces would step aside, it could be a truly great and successful humanitarian project," Trump said.
Trump added that the "twilight hour of socialism has arrived in our hemisphere" and said the "the last thing we want in the United States is socialism."
President Donald Trump heaped praise on his Brazilian counterpart, President Jair Bolsonaro, at the beginning of their joint press conference today.
Trump congratulated Bolsonaro on a "tremendous election victory" and an "incredible feat."
"Truly incredible challenge but the end result was something the whole world was talking about," Trump said, adding that he expects that the two will "have a fantastic working relationship."
Trump affirmed that Bolsonaro, who has been called the "Trump of the Tropics," shares many of his view, "and we certainly feel very, very true to each other."
He also congratulated the Brazilian President on recovering from a stabbing during his campaign, touting his "great bravery, tremendous bravery."
Trump, who has not been as warmly embraced by many other leaders on the world stage, said today's visit was a chance for the two countries "to forge even stronger ties."
As part of that, Trump announced that he will designate Brazil as a major non-NATO ally.
President Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro have just started their joint press conference. You can watch it on CNNGo.
Any minute now, President Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will take reporters' questions at a news conference at the White House.
Here are a few questions that could come up:
- On Venezuela: You said that "all options are on the table" when it comes to the crisis in Venezeula. What would you like to see happen when it comes to leader Nicolas Maduro and his regime?
- On the national emergency: Last week, you issued the first veto of your presidency on a measure that would have blocked the national emergency you declared in order to secure border wall funding. Are you worried Congress may try to overturn it?
- On the Mueller report: CNN has reported that White House lawyers expect to have an opportunity to review Robert Mueller's report before it reaches lawmakers and the public? What do you expect to find in it?
- On John McCain: Earlier today, you said you were "never a fan" of the late senator. Why are you continuing this years-long feud?
- On Michael Cohen: This morning, partially redacted search warrant documents pertaining to the raid on your former personal attorney's home were released. Do you have anything you'd like to say to your former fixer?
President Trump told reporters Tuesday that he’d be speaking with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro about options in Venezuela.
Asked what he’d like to see happen in Venezuela during an Oval Office appearance with Bolsonaro, Trump said this:
“All options are on the table,” Trump added. “And it’s a shame what’s happening in Venezuela – the death and the destruction and the hunger. Hard to believe one of the wealthiest countries is now one of the poorest, most impoverished countries is we’ll be talking about that in great length.”
Some context ahead of Trump's meeting with Bolsonaro: The US hopes to rely on Brazil's still-existent relationship with the Venezuelan military to apply pressure on leader Nicolas Maduro to relinquish power.
President Trump, speaking while meeting with the president of Brazil, recalled how the late Sen. John McCain voted against a Republican plan to repeal Obamacare, continuing a years-long feud months after McCain passed away following a battle with cancer.
“I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.
Trump lambasted McCain’s vote against repealing Obamacare in 2017.
“I’m very unhappy that he didn’t repeal and replace Obamacare, as you know. He campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare for years and then he got to a vote and he said thumbs down. And our country would’ve saved a trillion dollars and we would’ve had great healthcare."
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is “inclined” to suggest that Brazil be granted NATO privileges.
“We’re looking at it very strongly. We’re very inclined to do that. The relationship we have now with Brazil has never been better,” Trump said in an Oval Office availability next to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
“We’re going to look at that very, very strongly, whether it’s NATO or something having to do with alliance,” he added.
Brazil hopes to see itself elevated to "major non-NATO ally" status by the Trump administration, a major step that could help it purchase military equipment.
Bolsonaro assumed office on January 1. He’s a former army captain who has been criticized for past misogynistic, racist, and homophobic remarks. Like Trump, he’s also a prolific tweeter. Bolsonaro espoused loud pro-America and pro-Trump views during his 2018 election. Bolsonaro has been called the ��Trump of the Tropics,” and Bolton told Brazil news outlet Globo, “Up here, maybe we’ll call President Trump the Bolsonaro of North America.”
When talk emerged last autumn of a "Trump of the Tropics" running for president in Brazil, the actual US President took keen interest. Now, the man who adopted Trump's combative persona — in person and on Twitter — is meeting new friend during an official visit to the White House.
Trump just welcomed Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to the White House, where the two men will sit for formal bilateral talks, followed by a joint news conference.
The day will illustrate what White House officials hope is a budding partnership between the Western hemisphere's two largest economies.
For now, it's a camaraderie based more in shared tactics, populist (and, in Bolsonaro's case, misogynistic and homophobic) rhetoric and flattery than any particular issue, though officials said trade, security issues and the ongoing crisis in Venezuela are on the agenda for talks. Brazil also hopes to see itself elevated to "major non-NATO ally" status by the Trump administration, a major step that could help it purchase military equipment.
The most closely watched dynamic will be the interpersonal relationship of the two men, who have spoken on the phone but not yet met in person. Trump phoned Bolsonaro within hours of him being declared the winner of October's election, during which he espoused loud pro-America — and pro-Trump — views.