President Trump on Tuesday offered praise for Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who has earned the nickname “Trump of the Tropics” for his similarities to the U.S. leader, saying he was “very proud” to hear Bolsonaro denounce “fake news” in introductory remarks during a news conference at the White House.
“You look at the networks you look at the newscasts. I call it fake news,” Trump told reporters.
“I’m very proud to hear the president use the term fake news,” Trump added, referring to the term he frequently applies to negative news stories about his administration.
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“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 on Tuesday through a translator.
Bolsonaro, who has praised Brazil’s old military dictatorship and made incendiary comments about women and members of the LGBTQ community, later predicted that Trump will win reelection in 2020.
“It’s an internal affair, we will respect whatever the ballots tell us on 2020,” he said through a translator. “But I do believe Donald Trump is going to be reelected.”