Trump praises Brazil's 'Donald Trump' leader

US President Donald Trump (left) stepped up to defend Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro, tweeting that he was "doing a great job" on the Amazon fires
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

US President Donald Trump likes Brazil's controversial new leader Jair Bolsonaro -- especially his nickname. "They say he's the Donald Trump of South America, do you believe that?" Trump told a crowd at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in New Orleans. Bolsonaro is sometimes called "the Trump of the tropics" as an avowed enthusiast for the US leader. The ex-army captain -- who openly admires Brazil's former military dictators and their torture specialists -- apparently enjoys his new nickname. Which is lucky for Latin America's biggest country. "He's happy with that," Trump said. "If he wasn't, I wouldn't like the country so much. But I like him." Trump said Bolsonaro, who has vowed to forge a close alliance with Washington after more than a decade of leftwing rule in Brazil, is "a great new leader."

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting