Brazilian president shares some of Trump’s habits: he is active on Twitter and also dismisses negative media coverage as ‘fake news’

Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, landed in Washington DC on Sunday two days before meeting Donald Trump, his first visit to a foreign leader since taking office on 1 January – a visit he hopes will showcase the alignment between the right-wing, populist leaders of the two biggest economies in the Americas.

Bolsonaro’s spokesman said the visit showed “the priority the government gives to building a solid partnership with the United States of America”, while Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, called the trip a “historic opportunity” (although the effect was somewhat undermined by a tweet in which he called the Brazilian president “Bolonsaro”).

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