Donald Trump Endorses Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro

President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Donald Trump endorsed Jair Bolsonaro, the President of Brazil, on Tuesday, backing one of the most conservative national leaders in the Americas.

“President Jair Bolsonaro and I have become great friends over the past few years. He fights hard for, and loves, the people of Brazil—Just like I do for the people of the United States,” Trump said in a Tuesday statement.

Brazil is lucky to have a man such as Jair Bolsonaro working for them,” Trump added. “He is a great President and will never let the people of his great country down!

Bolsonaro is up for reelection next year. The president of the second-most populous country in the Americas had suggested he wasn’t going to run in the face of what he said was a torrent of left-wing political sentiment in Latin America, although he’s since confirmed he’s running for reelection.

Bolsonaro is known for staunch anti-communist views. He’s also voices skepticism of reactions to the coronavirus disease on the part of global leaders. Mr. Bolsonaro himself is unvaccinated, unlike President Trump, pointing to immunity policies from legal liabilities granted to companies such as Pfizer involved in vaccine development and manufacturing.

Bolsonaro was elected with a 55% majority in Brazil’s 2018 election, a novel development in a nation known for left-leaning and socialist-style elected leaders.