President Donald Trump on Tuesday held a press conference in the White House Rose Garden together with the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, in which he said that he plans to designate Brazil as a major non-NATO ally, raising the chances that Brazil can actually join NATO, as he clearly expressed his intention to raise the level of the relationship between the United States and Brazil according to The Hill.
He added that he intends to make Brazil ‘’a major non-NATO ally or even possibly, if you start thinking about it, maybe a NATO ally.’’ Trump also said that he would have to talk to a lot of people about Brazil joining the alliance.
At this moment, the only NATO country from Latin America is Colombia, NATO’s global partner, which means that they would not necessarily have to engage in military action.
After this press conference, Brazil will receive a big non-NATO ally status, as Trump said that the designation will ‘’greatly advance security and cooperation between our countries.’’
‘’President Bolsonaro, I will tell you that we’ll be consulting and talking a lot. We’ll be working on all of our both problems and assets, and we’re making tremendous strides. We had a great meeting today,’’ Trump said.
Aside from Brazil, sixteen other countries share the major non-NATO ally status, with some of them being South Korea, Australia, Argentina, and Kuwait. The status makes it easier for the countries to purchase weapons from the United States and collaborate on other security issues.
Trump also said that he supports Brazil’s effort to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
This was the first visit from the president of Brazil ever since he got elected last year. He and Trump share the same style and policies they create, as Bolsonaro was given the nickname Trump of the Tropics.