Brazil's President: We Stand With U.S. for Traditional Family, Respect to God, and Against Fake News

By Alex Madajian | March 25, 2019 | 2:51 PM EDT

Brazilian President Jair
Bolsonaro, left, and President
Trump. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)

( — In a joint press conference with President Donald Trump at the White House, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said that Brazil and the United States “stand side by side” in defense of  “traditional family lifestyles, respect to God … against the gender ideology … and against fake news.”

At the joint press conference in the Rose Garden on March 19, the conservative Bolsonaro, the new president of Brazil, asserted, “I say that Brazil and the United States stand side by side in their efforts to ensure liberties and respect to traditional family lifestyles, respect to God, our Creator, against the gender ideology or the politically correct attitudes, and against fake news.”

Bolsonaro explained that he was inspired by former President Ronald Reagan (d. 2004)  and hoped “to bring to Brazil his administration style.” That style, explained Bolsonaro, is “people [saying] what the government can do, and not the other way around.”

Both Bolsonaro and Trump reported they had had discussed many issues and agreed on many of them, especially concerning trade and defense.

We are “committed to reducing trade barriers, facilitating investment, and supporting innovation across a range of industries, particularly energy, infrastructure, agriculture, and technology,” said President Trump.

As for national defense, Trump said, “I also intend to designate Brazil as a ‘major non-NATO ally,’ or even possibly, if you start thinking about it, maybe a NATO ally … which will greatly advance security and cooperation between our countries.”

Prior to taking questions from the press, Bolsonaro said,  “The United States changed in 2017, and Brazil has just started to change now, in 2019. We stand together, side by side, to the ultimate benefit of our two nations.”

(Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool via Getty Images)

“We want to have a great America, yes, and we also want to have a great Brazil,” he said.

Jair Bolsonaro, 64, is the 38th president of Brazil. He assumed office on Jan. 1, 2019. He is married and has five children.

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