Brazil’s Bolsonaro says Trump won’t pursue steel, aluminum tariffs

Stefani Reynolds

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has said that President Trump won’t pursue steel and aluminum tariffs on Brazil after the two leaders spoke Friday

“He decided not to make good on his plan to impose tariffs on our steel / aluminum,” Bolsonaro said on Facebook, after a call between the presidents, according to a New York Times translation of his post. 

“Our commercial relations and friendship are getting stronger every day,” the South American leader added Friday. 

Trump also tweeted after the conversation, saying the pair discussed “many subjects including Trade.”

“The relationship between the United States and Brazil has never been Stronger,” he added, but did not specifically mention his previously threatened tariffs. 

Trump said earlier this month that the U.S. would resume tariffs on steel and aluminum from Brazil and Argentina.

He said in a tweet that they were “effective immediately” although National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow has said the administration had not arrived at a final decision. 

The administration previously imposed tariffs last year, but had made deals with countries including Brazil and Argentina to halt the tariffs. 

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment on Bolsonaro’s post. 

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