Bolton to meet 'Trump of the Tropics' in Rio

White House national security adviser John Bolton announced Wednesday he will meet with Brazil’s incoming far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, later this month in Rio de Janeiro.

“Look forward to seeing Brazil’s next President @JairBolsonaro in Rio on November 29th. We share many bilateral interests and will work closely on expanding freedom and prosperity throughout the Western Hemisphere,” Bolton tweeted. 


Bolsonaro, called the "Trump of the Tropics," won Brazil’s presidential election in October, defeating the left-wing candidate by about 10 percentage points.

His populist message has been compared to that of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE and he’s raised eyebrows with his comments praising Brazil’s former military dictatorship, advocating for torture, threatening to jail political opponents and criticizing women and the LGBTQ+ community. 

Bolsonaro took advantage of a deep recession and a corruption scandal at the highest levels of the Brazilian government to tap into widespread public resentment against the political establishment and cast himself as the outsider candidate, boosting the comparisons to Trump. 

"Let's make Brazil Great! Let's be proud of our homeland once again!" he said in a live broadcast on Facebook in October. 

Trump has already expressed optimism in working with Bolsonaro, tweeting after his election, “Had a very good conversation with the newly elected President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who won his race by a substantial margin. We agreed that Brazil and the United States will work closely together on Trade, Military and everything else! Excellent call, wished him congrats!” 

Trump has expressed admiration for other strongmen across the world, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. 

“I thought that President Putin was very, very strong,” he said on Fox News following the two leaders' summit in Helsinki in July.