The Tropical Trump? Bolsonaro Follows Closely The US President's Style

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      Judi Lynn
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      The Tropical Trump? Bolsonaro Follows Closely The US President’s Style
      The Brazilian president-elect seeks access to Trump through flattery and contacts with people in the US president’s inner circle

      Dec.18.2018 1:06PM

      Rodrigo Borges Delfim
      SÃO PAULO

      A while back, a street art showing a kiss between president-elect Jair Bolsonaro and the US president Donald Trump appeared on a wall in the outskirts of Fortaleza, Ceará. It was quickly painted over, but it wasn’t random; Bolsonaro is a self-professed fan of Trump’s antics and he has been trying to bring his future administration closer to the White House.

      So far, the Brazilian president’s tactics consist in flattering Trump and meeting with people from the American president’s inner circle — like the National Security Advisor John Bolton, who stopped in Rio de Janeiro on his way to the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires to have breakfast with Bolsonaro, a few weeks ago.

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