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What to take from the Bolsonaro-Trump meeting

What to take from the Bolsonaro-Trump meeting
Jair Bolsonaro (L) and Donald Trump in the Rose Garden

Ever since he won the presidential election, in October 2018, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro was unambiguous about what kind of relationship he wanted to have with the U.S. He and his sons have been admirers of U.S. President Donald Trump, and don’t see Beijing with kind eyes. So in his first bilateral visit, Mr. Bolsonaro broke a long tradition—according to which Brazilian presidents debut on the international scene by heading to Buenos Aires—and chose Washington as his first destination.

The Brazilian president took some of his highest-profile cabinet members, such as Economy Minister Paulo Guedes, and...

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