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As Bolsonaro cozies up to Trump, Brazilians become more wary of U.S. influence

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Jair Bolsonaro and Donald Trump at the White House

Upon alighting the plane in the U.S. capital earlier this month, Jair Bolsonaro proudly declared that “for the first time in a long time, a Brazilian president who is not anti-American arrives in Washington.” While Mr. Bolsonaro’s statement overplayed the so-called “anti-Americanism” of previous presidents, it is a fact that Brazil and the U.S. have never been closer on political terms.

Besides the financial and political effects of such a relationship, there is also the question of what the Brazilian public thinks about this proximity. A recent Pew Research Center study polled residents from 22...

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