Washington (CNN)When talk emerged last autumn of a “Trump of the Tropics” running for president in Brazil, the actual US President Donald Trump took keen interest. Now, the man who adopted Trump’s combative persona — in person and on Twitter — will meet his new friend during an official visit to the White House.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will sit for formal bilateral talks with Trump on Tuesday, followed by a joint news conference, that will illustrate what White House officials hope is a budding partnership between the Western hemisphere’s two largest economies.
For now, it’s a camaraderie based more in shared tactics, populist rhetoric and flattery than any particular issue, though officials said trade, security issues and the ongoing crisis in Venezuela are on the agenda for talks. Brazil also hopes to see itself elevated to “major non-NATO ally” status by the Trump administration, a major step that could help it purchase military equipment.