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Brazil: Bolsonaro Welcomes US Security Adviser Ahead of G20

  • Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro leaves the transitional government building in Brasilia, Brazil, Nov. 27, 2018.

    Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro leaves the transitional government building in Brasilia, Brazil, Nov. 27, 2018. | Photo: Reuters

Published 29 November 2018

Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro described his meeting with John Bolton, as "very productive and pleasant."

Ahead of the Group of 20 (G20) summit starting Nov. 30 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, U.S. President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton met Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro Thursday at his gated beachside community in Rio de Janeiro.

The meeting, arranged on the eve of the G20 summit in Argentina, was intended to discuss regional security issues, and was attended by Bolsonaro's future national security adviser General Augusto Heleno and future defense minister General Fernando Azevedo. The incoming foreign minister Ernesto Araujo, who believes global climate change is a Marxist invention, was also at the encounter.

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“Bolton's biography as ‘lord of war’ is long. He participated in the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and George W. Bush. He was one of the articulators of the Iraq War in 2003 ... and recently defended the use of force against Iran and North Korea," recalled Brasil 247, a local newspaper which added that Bolton was the main proponent of the new U.S. sanctions against Cuba.

Before this high-level meeting, Bolton told reporters that Bolsonaro's election was a "historic opportunity" for Brazil and the United States to work together on security, economics, and other issues. Thursday's meeting would prepare the ground for Trump and Bolsonaro to "get off to a running start" before the G20 officially begins, he said.

“Bolsonaro salutes the Yankee empire’s warlord and tells him that Brazil will do everything that Master Trump commands! Brazil has never been so down to Americans even under Fernando Henrique Cardoso!”

Bolton is expected to seek Brazil's support in applying pressure to Venezuela's left-wing government. Moreover, the Brazilian far-right politician is seen by the U.S National Security Advisor as an ally against new leftist processes and governments across Latin America.

After meeting with Bolsonaro, the U.S. National Security Adviser reported in a tweet that President Trump invited Bolsonaro to visit the United States. “We look forward to a dynamic partnership with Brazil”, Bolton added.

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