Published: Sun, January 06, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Brazilian president says United States military base may be established in Brazil

Brazilian president says United States military base may be established in Brazil

"When you think of producing something, when you see the question of work orders that bother everyone in Brazil, that person gives up being an entrepreneur", Bolsonaro told SBT television, the first since he was sworn in on Tuesday, in Brasilia, as the 38th President of the Federative Republic of Brazil.

The president argued that Brazil did not want to become a South American super-power, noting that still, the country should have a dominant position in comparison with regional states.

Privatization of airports and seaports, tax cuts for the rich, pension cuts, and a minimum wage set lower than Bolsonaro's predecessor had planned were among the economic reforms the new president has in store for the country, as it moves toward what the new right-wing government calls a "minimal state".

The newly inaugurated leader, speaking at an Air Force swearing-in ceremony on Friday, further said he is concerned that the latest proposal for the sale of 80 percent of Embraer's commercial aviation business to Boeing Co could ultimately lead to the US planemaker owning all of the new venture.

On Friday, asked by journalists in Brasilia about his openness to hosting a U.S. base, Bolsonaro said: "I have the American people as a friend". Last year, almost 64,000 were killed, many from firearms.

Russia's Defense Ministry sent two nuclear-capable strategic bombers to Venezuela on December 10 in an unusual display of Russian military force in South America.

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American military base in Brazil?

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Araújo said Bolsonaro would discuss the base offer with Trump during an expected visit to Washington in March, the Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reported.

Blaming Iran as the major vocal opposition against the embassy move, Bolsonaro further added that "the only weighty voice speaking out against me is Iran".

In an apparent reference to gun control, he said: "Good citizens deserve the means to defend themselves".

Yesterday, Justice Minister Sergio Moro ordered elite federal police to the northeastern state of Ceará, where suspected drug gang members have carried out dozens of attacks against banks and police barracks, and torched several buses.

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