Brazil’s President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro said today (Nov. 29) that US President Donald Trump may attend his inauguration ceremony, depending on other engagements on January 1. “I’d be very honored,” he added.
Bolsonaro described his meeting with US National Security Adviser John Bolton as very positive. It lasted about one hour. “It was one more step taken by Brazil towards the US and by the US towards Brazil,” he said.
The president-elect plans to fly to the US in the first months of his administrations, which is yet to be arranged. Bolsonaro confirmed, however, that his first official trip overseas will be to three South American countries: Paraguay, Argentina, and Chile. He also made comments as to how he would deal with Venezuela.
“It’s an issue that goes a long way back, and we have to seek solutions. [Venezuela] shouldn’t even be allowed in Mercosur. Measures must be taken. We know there are some 80 thousand Cubans living there. Venezuela must cope with that as well. It’s hard to pull it out of the situation it’s facing today. But we’ll do what the law allows us, obviously, and we’ll do it peacefully, because we feel the ripples of the dictatorship being installed in Venezuela.”
The president-elect referred to relocating the Brazilian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem as a possibility, and said conversations are being held. He also reiterated his support for Brazil’s decision to withdraw its candidacy to host the United Nations (UN) Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP-25), aimed at negotiating the implementation of the Paris Agreement.