Trump says US has not yet imposed toughest sanctions on Venezuela

Trump says US has not yet imposed toughest sanctions on Venezuela

U.S. President Donald Trump gave Brazil's new far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro a ringing endorsement in the Oval Office on Tuesday, saying he was looking at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation membership or some other alliance for Brazil.

Hardline Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro praised President Trump and "traditional family lifestyles", and railed against political correctness and "fake news" during an appearance at the White House Tuesday - drawing praise from the commander-in-chief.

As they sat down for talks, Mr Trump also said he supports Brazil's effort's to join the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and is "very strongly" looking at U.S. support for Brazil's effort to gain certain Nato privileges. "They charge us whatever they want", he said in October.

The Brazilian president, who arrived in the country with a half-dozen ministers and a goal of expanding trade and diplomatic cooperation between the two largest economies in the Western Hemisphere, also made an unusual visit to Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on Monday.

The two leaders are expected to discuss a range of issues during their first sit-down meeting, including expanding trade relations, increasing USA private sector investment in Brazil and resolving the political crisis in Venezuela. Brazil has traditionally been concerned about American influence in Latin America.

Just ahead of the meeting between the two leaders, the United States and Brazil signed an agreement to support American space launches from Brazil.

"Trump of the Tropics" wasn't intended as a compliment to Bolsonaro when it entered popular use during the 2018 Brazilian election, but the moniker has stuck and been embraced by the president's supporters.

The former paratrooper is vehemently opposed to leftist currents, both at home and overseas, and he shares the United States president's hostility to the "dictator" Maduro, who took over after the death of socialist leader Hugo Chavez in 2013.

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Brazil also hopes to see itself elevated to "major non-NATO ally" status by the President Trump administration, a major step that could help it purchase military equipment.

"You look at the networks, you look at the news, you look at the newscasts - I call it Fake News", Trump said, letting Bolsonaro know he had first dibs.

Mr Bolsonaro has also echoed Mr Trump's hardline immigration policies, calling immigrants from several poor countries the "scum of the world" and saying Brazil can not become a "country of open borders".

"What we watched this afternoon", he said, "was an American president teaming up with a world leader to do the following: attack the free press, attack his potential campaign opponents, and attack social media companies with a hard-right conspiracy theory". He sought to underscore his pro-America stance with a tweet upon his arrival Sunday.

In an interview on Fox Monday, Bolsonaro said he supported Trump's hardline immigration policies and his efforts to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

Both Brazil and the United States have voiced support for Venezuelan Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has been recognised as the country's legitimate leader by about 50 countries.

"I think there was a lot of hostility with other presidents", Mr Trump said in the Oval Office as the visit kicked off.

Trump said Tuesday that "we don't want to say exactly" what he would like to see happen next in Venezuela, where he has repeatedly said he reserves the option of a USA military intervention to unseat Maduro.

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