Brazilian president says USA military base may be established in Brazil

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Bolsonaro's economic team has promised to liberalize Brazil's hidebound economy, rid the country of "socialism", and enact conservative social measures in areas like education.

Brazil's new President Jair Bolsonaro is considering a higher tax burden on personal loans as a way to fund development projects in the country's north and northeast regions, newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported on Friday.

Sometimes called the "Trump of the tropics" for his blustery style and disdain of multilateral forums, he said in the same TV interview he was open to discussing the opening of a U.S. military base in Brazil.

"Who knows, if we don't have to discuss this issue in the future, depending on what is happening in the world", said Bolsonaro now in a television Interview to a question.

A reform of Brazil's bloated pension system will be among Bolsonaro's biggest challenges, since he has yet to build a base in Congress.

"We have to worry about our security and our sovereignty", he said, adding: "I consider the American people our friends". During part of the war, the Brazilian costal town had one of was the busiest airports in the world. "Brazil has American technology to monitor borders and could obtain new technologies", Da Silva told The Associated Press.

The comment confirmed a statement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who arrived in Brazil last week to attend Bolsonaro's January 1 investiture.

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For indigenous leaders and environmental activists, the decision cemented fears that Brazil's new president would roll back years of progress in slowing deforestation.

On October 28, the runoff presidential election was held in Brazil.

Police killed two people in a shootout.

Authorities have said the attacks were ordered by organized crime groups in retaliation for plans to impose tighter controls in the state's prisons.

Brazil's prison gangs are powerful and their reach extends outside the country's penitentiaries.

Yesterday, Justice Minister Sergio Moro ordered elite federal police to the northeastern state of Ceará, where suspected drug gang members have carried out dozens of attacks against banks and police barracks, and torched several buses.

Brazil has the third-biggest prison population in the world, behind the U.S. and China, with almost 730,000 inmates as of 2016. Last year, almost 64,000 were killed, many from firearms.

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