Rio de Janeiro – The United States and Brazil have reached a consensus regarding restoring democracy in Latin American countries like Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo informed that the topic was under discussion during his meeting with the new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo. Brazilian President Bolsonaro is popularly known by the nickname ‘Tropical Trump’ as his views bear many similarities with those of US President Donald Trump.
On Tuesday, Jair Bolsonaro was sworn-in as the President of Brazil. Representatives of many countries including the US and Israel attended the ceremony. For nearly more than a decade, the United States has had strained relations with the left-wing rule in Brazil. Nevertheless, Bolsonaro’s election as the Brazilian President is very crucial to the United States. Bolsonaro’s stand in the matters of internal security, defence, finance, foreign affairs and climate change corresponds to that of President Trump and therefore, he is often referred to as the ‘Tropical Trump’.
This fact was apparently underlined in Secretary of State Pompeo’s meeting during his visit. The governments of many Latin American countries have changed, but not all of them support the United States. However, the current leaders of the governments in leading Latin American countries such as Brazil, Colombia and Argentina support the US policies and are trying to strengthen their ties with it. The United States has initiated moves to increase its influence in Latin America with the help of such governments.
The Latin American countries of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua are known to be staunch opponents of the United States. Also, the ruling governments in the countries strongly support the left-wing ideology. These governments have consistently challenged the United States, and so the US is keen on bringing about a change in them. Such governments which pose a challenge to the United States have begun significant cooperation from Russia and China, making the United States restless.
Given the developments, the decision of Brazil’s new government to re-establish democracy in Latin American countries by collaborating with the United States becomes significant. The decision is likely to expedite the diplomatic movements in Latin America and possibly cause a change in the geopolitical equations of the region.