Brazil's Bolsonaro huddles with advisers to pick cabinet

Theresa Obrien
November 4, 2018

It underlined its role in preventing "criminal and predatory exploitation" of Brazil's resources, and said "the national economy would suffer, especially agrobusiness, from possible reprisals by importing countries".

His brash style and harsh statements have led many to compare him to the USA president, referring to him as "Trump of the tropics" or "Brazil's Donald Trump". We've collected Foreign Policy's best articles on Bolsonaro's victory and where he'll go from here.

His populist approach has led to some media dubbing him "Trump of the Tropics". Bolsonaro won 55.2 percent of votes in a run-off election against left-wing hopeful Fernando Haddad of the Workers Party (PT), who garnered 44.8 percent, according to electoral authority TSE.

"Bolsonaro is going to have to be much more careful about what he says because he has an economy which is much more fragile", he said.

However, years from now, Brazilian pollsters, like the political pundits baffled by Mr. Trump's win, will be asking how a presidential candidate such as Mr. Bolsonaro, who also openly professed his love of dictatorships, could not only find acceptance but soar meteorically in its domestic politics.

Bolsonaro, a legislator and former military officer, campaigned on his own version of Trump's "America First" slogan and eagerly embraces the term "fake news" to describe critical press coverage.

Most of the rainforest is located in Brazil, which has taken major steps in recent years to protect it in the face of massive deforestation that has reduced its size by about 20 percent in the past 50 years.

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Investors have been hopeful that Bolsonaro would carry out fiscal reforms proposed by his orthodox economic guru, Paulo Guedes.

"The Brazilian also share the idea of a necessary counter-offensive to contain the expansionism of China, which he accused of" buy Brazil".

The president-elect has also considered moving from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the embassy of Brazil in Israel, only one other great power has done so far: the United States of Donald Trump.

"The country is at war", he said late Monday, October 29, in his first interview as president-elect, vowing to lower the minimum age for firearm permits from 25 to 21 and eliminate red tape for gun ownership.

"The US relations with Brazil are usually already good, so it is essentially a matter of style", said Joel Velasco, from the cabinet of council in strategy, diplomatic Albright Stonebridge Group.

Retired General Augusto Heleno, slated to become defence minister, told reporters that Bolsonaro has a positive view of a planned $4.75 billion joint venture between Boeing Co and Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA.

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