US, in reversal, does not support Brazil's entry to OECD

US, in reversal, does not support Brazil's entry to OECD
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The U.S. government has reportedly rejected Brazil's attempt to enter the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in a reversal after backing its bid for months.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoErdoğan got the best of Trump, experts warn Graham: I'm seeking to make Trump successful 'but not at all costs' Ex-Watergate prosecutor says evidence in impeachment inquiry 'clearly' points to Trump MORE denied a petition to consider opening up the OECD to Brazil, according to a letter sent to OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria on Aug. 28 that was obtained by Bloomberg. Pompeo said in the letter the U.S. only supported Argentina and Romania joining the 36-member group.

“The U.S. continues to prefer enlargement at a measured pace that takes into account the need to press for governance and succession planning,” Bloomberg reported the letter said.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash CNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview MORE had announced in a March press conference with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that he backed Brazil entering the OECD. Brazil submitted its application in May 2017. Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossUS ban on China tech giant faces uncertainty a month out US imposes new sanctions on Cuba over human rights, Venezuela Commerce Department to develop stats on income inequality MORE confirmed Trump's announcement when visiting Brazil, according to Bloomberg.

A senior official told Bloomberg that the U.S. is supportive of an eventual Brazilian entry to the group but wants to prioritize Argentina and Romania because of their economic reform and free market commitment.

Membership in the nearly 60-year-old OECD is typically viewed as a sign of a country's developed economy.

OECD spokesperson in Washington confirmed that six prospective members have applied and are under consideration but declined to comment on the "confidential" discussions regarding the application approval.

The Hill reached out to the State Department for comment.