The Brazilian leader who has been dubbed the "Trump of the Tropics" made his first White House visit today, for a meeting with the US President. .
Both leaders are fierce critics of Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
Bolsonaro pledged during his campaign to build closer ties with the U.S. and has often expressed admiration for Trump. He sought to underscore his pro-America stance with a tweet upon his arrival Sunday.
Bolsonaro succeeded a leftist who at times had a frosty relationship with the United States. His insurgent, social media-powered campaign has been likened to Trump's 2016 effort.
Like Trump, he painted himself as representing "the people" standing up against "the elite," blasted unflattering stories as "fake news," and mimicked Trump's "America First" catch phrase, pledging to put "Brazil First."
Bolsonaro arrived with a large entourage that filed into the West Wing after him.
The leaders had various meetings along with a working lunch, before holding a joint press conference.
During the conference, the US President said that he is "very strongly" looking at US support for Brazil's effort to gain certain NATO privileges.
Trump praised Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro as the two sat down in the Oval Office, saying Bolsonaro has done "a very outstanding job." He also says Bolsonaro "ran one of the incredible campaigns" and is "honored" that it was compared to his.
Bolsonaro expressed his thanks to Trump for sharing in his rejection of PC gender ideologies, respect of religion and disdain for fake news.
‘In conclusion, may I say that Brazil and the United States stand side-by-side in their efforts to share liberties and respect to traditional and family lifestyles, respect to God, our creator, against the gender ideology of the politically correct attitudes, and fake news,’ Bolsonaro said.
Trump later said he was happy to hear Bolsonaro use the term “fake news.”
Like Trump, Bolsonaro has been criticized for misogynistic, racist and homophobic attitudes. He showed support for pro-America and pro-Trump views during his 2018 election.