The new, conservative president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, suggested it is possible that a U.S. military base could be installed in Brazil dependent up on what happens in the world.
Bolsonaro, a public supporter of President Donald Trump, made his remarks during a Jan. 3 interview with SBT News (and translated on RT news). He was responding to a question about a U.S. base in Brazil to counter Russian influence in nearby Venezuela, a socialist regime that is collapsing under the dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro, a Marxist.
A reporter asked Bolsonaro about the situation adding, “Would that include the possibility of having an American base in Brazil?”
Bolsonaro said, “The physical issue of it would be simple. Nowadays, the American, Chinese and Russian military powers can reach any part of the world independently of their bases. But depending on what might happen in the world who knows if we have to talk about a U.S. base in the future?”
Bolsonaro was sworn in as president on Jan. 1, 2019. That day, President Trump congratulated him on Twitter. Bolsonaro then responded on Twitter, "Dear Mr. President @realDonaldTrump, I truly appreciate your words of encouragement. Together, under God's protection, we shall bring prosperity and progress to our people!"
Also last week in Brazil, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a press conference, “We believe that the opportunity between President Trump and President Bolsonaro, and our two teams, is a truly transformative opportunity for our two nations, our two peoples.”
Earlier, in August 2018, then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis spoke at the Brazilian War College. In his remarks, he said, "The U.S. is thinking long-term in Latin America – in Brazil, we’ve recognized the success and security of future generations depends on how well we, together, build trust at every level with our western hemisphere allies and our partners today."
"We look to the future; we must build on trust today," he said. "The United States seeks to earn your trust daily; we want to be your partner of choice, especially if trouble looms – when refugee flows across your borders must be addressed, when a shipping disaster happens in a South American navy and a submarine goes down, when threats to your sovereignty or way of life manifest."