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Donald Trump Warns Of "A Lot Tougher" Sanctions On Venezuela

President Trump and Brazil’s new far-right leader President Jair Bolsonaro arranged to sign several bilateral agreements including one that allows the United States to use Brazil’s Alcantara Aerospace Launch Base for its satellites. (AP Brazil's far-right leader visits Washington | Article
Leonard Rios | 20 March, 2019, 07:46

Trump also said he would consider giving Brazil full membership in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, something which the US president has no authority to do and requires a consensus among all signatory countries.

"Brazil does not have a president who is anti-American", he added.

He made a rare visit to the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters on Monday, agreed to end visa requirements for USA tourists visiting Brazil, and signed off on a deal that could allow the US use of Brazil's Alcantara space launch base.

A senior administration official, who requested anonymity, told reporters Bolsonaro's visit represented a "real opportunity to fundamentally remake our relationship with Brazil".

China long ago surpassed the United States as Brazil's biggest trading partner and Bolsonaro's economy minister on Monday urged the United States to open its market more to Brazil if it wanted to change the status quo.

Jair Bolsonaro, who has been described as the "Trump of the Tropics", ran on an unabashedly pro-American platform for the October 2018 election, emulating Mr Trump in tone and style.

They struck initial agreements on agricultural trade, with better access for American wheat and pork exports to Brazil and the possibility of restarting sales of Brazilian fresh beef to the United States.

Notwithstanding Bolsonaro's controversial positions, his growing relationship with Trump may receive little pushback from Democrats in Congress.

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".

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CNN's Jim Acosta became perturbed on Tuesday after he was not called on during a press conference with President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

"I'm very proud to hear the president use the term 'fake news'". The two leaders are expected to discuss a range of issues, including ways to increase USA private-sector investment in Brazil and resolve the political crisis in Venezuela.

Bolsonaro's visit was not published on his agenda and members of the press were barred at the door while the president and his justice minister, Sergio Moro, hobnobbed with the spooks at the agency's Langley HQ.

Trump threatened to use military force against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and reiterated his administration's demand that the country's military abandon support for Maduro. He sought to underscore his pro-America stance with a tweet upon his arrival on Sunday.

Brazil is seeking USA help with its efforts to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and to expand trade. "The vast majority of potential immigrants do not have good intentions".

Trump said that he and Bolsonaro will have a "fantastic working relationship" and that "we have many views that are similar".

US officials say they are focused on putting diplomatic and financial pressure on Maduro's government, which says Mr. Trump is preparing for military intervention in a country struggling with hyperinflation and shortages of basic goods. "They do not intend to do the best or do good to the U.S. people".

Bolsonaro said Brazil is the country most interested in seeing an end to the government of the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, which he called a "drug trafficking dictatorship".

Mr Bolsonaro's election "broke all the historic taboos", said the official, asking not to be identified.

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