WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump applauded Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Tuesday using the term “fake news,” a phrase Trump frequently uses.
“You look at the news, you look at the newscasts, I call it fake news,” Trump said during a joint press conference alongside Bolsonaro. “I’m very proud to hear the president use the term fake news.”
Earlier in the event, Bolsonaro took a shot at the media after listing controversial social issues that he claimed the U.S. and Brazil share a common ground.
“Brazil and the United States stand side-by-side in their efforts to ensure liberties, in respect to traditional family lifestyles, respect to God, our creator, against the gender ideology or the politically correct attitudes and against fake news,” Bolsonaro said.
The remarks underline similarities between the two figures, who both entered office bolstered by right wing support and have each been accused of authoritarian leanings. Bolsonaro is also commonly referred to on the world stage as the Trump of the Tropics.
Finding a common enemy in the media was just one example of what the two presidents cast as a warm meeting.
Trump and Bolsonaro both expressed a commitment to ousting Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro, although neither would elaborate on the feasibility of military intervention.
Noting that he was taking a page from Trump’s 2016 campaign, Bolsonaro said he was worried that sharing potential plans could jeopardize their interests.
Trump also floated a larger role for Brazil on the global stage, voicing support for the nation joining the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and suggesting that they could join NATO.
Trump added that at the very least, he was prepared to designate Brazil as a leading non-NATO ally.