Trump, Bolsonaro Look To Reset Ties

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday met his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro at the White House, looking to reset bilateral ties with the country, a major regional player in South America.

However, domestic and regional challenges still haunt the two leaders' efforts to rekindle the relationship, experts said.

Before their bilateral meeting, Trump told the media at the White House that he may support Brazil joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The United States reportedly would grant Brazil status as a major non-NATO ally, which will give Brazil preferential access to the purchase of U.S. military equipment and technology.

The U.S. president also said he supports Brazil joining the OECD.

A joint statement by Trump and Bolsonaro issued later on Tuesday by the White House also confirmed that Trump had announced his intent to designate Brazil as a major non-NATO ally, and "noted his support for Brazil initiating the accession procedure to become a full member of the OECD."

Ford O'Connell, Republican Strategist and TV news personality, told Xinhua that among the reasons for giving Brazil the status is Trump's concern about Venezuela.

"But the president of Brazil has also shown himself to be very similar to Trump, pro-business and having a capitalistic platform," he said.

"Also Brazil's got over 200 million people. It's a very large country. You've got two countries that back into Venezuela -- Colombia and Brazil -- and you want both of them on your side," he added.

Furthermore, Brazil's agenda on South America and its overall view on issues ranging from illegal immigration to capitalism "pretty much align with Trump's vision," he said.

Read more from Matthew Rusling at Xinhua

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