DON’T MISS THIS
Today, U.S. President Donald Trump will meet Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro—dubbed the “Trump of the Tropics”—for the very first time. The leaders of the Americas’ two largest democracies are expected to focus their meeting on the crisis in Venezuela and China’s creeping influence in Latin America. Aides from both sides, though, have downplayed the possibility of major breakthroughs during this visit.
During an event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Bolsonaro said he is counting on the U.S. “to free Venezuela” from the anti-democratic rule of Nicolás Maduro. On China, Brazil has kept a more ambiguous position. While Mr. Bolsonaro and the ideological wing of his administration have been highly critical of Beijing, other groups in power defend a more cautious approach.