Jair Bolsonaro backs Trump's border wall ahead of White House meeting

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"Brazil makes great product and we make great product, and our trade has been never as good as it should be in the past".

"Brazil has allowed the United States to preposition humanitarian aid for Venezuela on Brazil's northern border and we are very grateful to that and we thank him for working tirelessly to provide aide to the Brazilian people and them opening their doors", the official said.

A half-dozen ministers joined Bolsonaro during his three-day visit to Washington. Many draw parallels between him and Trump.

"I'm very proud to hear the President use the term 'fake news, '" he added, gesturing to Bolsonaro.

The two leaders share many similar views, as they reiterated at a press conference, and Bolsonaro represents Brazil's first pro-U.S. leader in decades.

As they sat down for the first time, Mr Trump praised Mr Bolsonaro, saying he had done "a very outstanding job" so far and hailed his run as "one of the incredible campaigns".

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Mr Bolsonaro, whose nickname Mr Trump happily relayed to friends and aides, appears to fit both bills.

"Brazil and the United States stand side by side in their efforts to ensure liberties and respect to traditional family lifestyles with respect to God our creator against the gender ideology, or the politically correct attitudes and against the fake news", he said. He's derided negative media coverage as "fake news".

Like Trump, Bolsonaro has a polarizing history of commentary that critics call xenophobic, anti-immigrant, misogynistic and homophobic.

Earlier today GLAAD noted that "Jair Bolsonaro has a long record of condoning violence against LGBTQ people, and even said that he would rather have a son who is dead than a son who is gay".

National security adviser John Bolton traveled to Brazil to meet with Bolsonaro a month after his election, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attended his inauguration.

But Bolsonaro, 63, has ruled out military action in favor of a policy of increasing the economic and diplomatic pressure on Maduro.

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"You look at what's happening with different shows and it's hard to believe we win, but what it really shows, the people are smart", he said.

Brazil has struggled to cope with an influx of Venezuelan refugees, and it followed the United States in recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the country's legitimate president.

Brazilian government officials had said last week that they expected the United States to name Brazil as a major non-NATO ally. "We're very inclined to do that", he said as his meeting began in the Oval Office. "All options are on the table", Trump said. He was immediately recognised by the United States, which froze $7 billion in the country's oil assets and called on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to step down immediately.

After 20 years of talks, both countries are finalizing a technology safeguards agreement to allow USA companies to conduct space launches from Brazil.

Bolsonaro continued that message in remarks to the US Chamber of Commerce Monday. This is the first bilateral overseas visit of Bolsonaro, and it's the first time in history that a Brazilian president has visited Washington as his or her first official overseas visit.

Looming over their discussion was the fact that China, now embroiled in a trade war with the United States, has eclipsed America in trade and investment with Brazil. Before Bolsonaro's election, Trump railed against Brazil's trade strategy.

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