With Bolsonaro, Trump again seeks to leverage personal relationship into policy

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Meeting Brazil's new right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, an avowed opponent of socialism, Trump declined to predict a time-frame for the fall of Maduro, who has clung to power for almost two months since the United States and Latin American powers declared him illegitimate.

On Tuesday, Trump and Bolsonaro gushed about the possibilities for partnership after decades of what Bolsonaro called "anti-American" leadership, and shared goals of expanded trade, an upgraded military relationship and a new agreement for US use of Brazil's space launch facility.

Trump praised the Brazilian president "for using the term 'fake news'".

Brazil is seeking USA help with its efforts to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and to expand trade.

Days after taking office January 1, Bolsonaro, a former army captain, said Brazil would consider letting the US have a military base in the country as way to counter Russian influence in the region, particularly related to Brazil's neighbor Venezuela.

Bolsonaro isn't the only one who's adopted Trump's pet phrase.

"We did not come to a meeting of the minds, but the talks were positive in the sense that I think both sides emerged with a better understanding of the other's views", Mr. Abrams told reporters.

"This is a historic remaking of the U.S. -Brazil relationship, where there's truly going to be a North-South axis of the two largest economies in the Western Hemisphere".

The two leaders were expected to discuss a range of issues during their visit, including expanding trade relations, increasing USA private-sector investment in Brazil and resolving the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela.

"For the first time in a while, a pro-America Brazilian president arrives in DC", Bolsonaro tweeted in Portuguese as he arrived Sunday.

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Just ahead of the meeting between the two leaders, the United States and Brazil signed an agreement to support American space launches from Brazil.

Before Tuesday's Oval Office meeting, Bolsonaro waived a visa requirement for United States visitors to Brazil and later in a Fox News interview on Monday night threw his weight behind Trump's immigration agenda, which includes a wall on the Mexican border. Both leaders are fierce critics of Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

Entering talks, Brazil hoped to see itself elevated to "major non-NATO ally" status by the Trump administration, a major step that would help it purchase military equipment.

Mr Bolsonaro, like Mr Trump, ran an insurgent, social media-powered campaign.

The CIA had no comment on the visit.

At others it means closely aligning with newly elected leaders, such as President Emmanuel Macron of France (though Mr Trump's onetime friendly relationship with Mr Macron has since soured).

He was expected to meet on Tuesday with President Donald Trump to discuss a range of issues, including ways to increase USA private-sector investment in Brazil and ways to resolve the political crisis in Venezuela.

"The last thing we want in the United States is socialism", Trump said, in a reference to policies endorsed by many of his Democratic challengers that Republicans allege are socialist.

Eduardo, Bolsonaro's youngest son and a member of Brazil's Congress, is accompanying his father on the USA trip. "It's the beginning of a partnership focused on liberty and prosperity, something that all of us Brazilians have long wished for".

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.

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