Trump Tweets At Brazil's New President Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro Responds In Kind

Trump Tweets At Brazil's New President Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro Responds In Kind

Trump Tweets At Brazil's New President Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro Responds In Kind

Netanyahu is in Brazil with his wife, Sara, and their eldest son, Yair, to attend the inauguration of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro.

Brazil's new far-right President Jair Bolsonaro declared a crusade against crime, corruption and leftwing ideology as he took office today for a four-year term at the helm of Latin America's biggest nation.

Bolsonaro was elected president at the end of October, defeating his rival Fernando Haddad of the centre-left Workers' Party by a comfortable margin in the second-round runoff.

While in Brazil, Poland's Czaputowicz was also scheduled to meet that country's new Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo and Government Secretary Carlos Alberto Dos Santos Cruz, according to the foreign ministry in Warsaw.

US State Secretary Mike Pompeo on Tuesday discussed Iran's "regional aggression" with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the US State Department said in a statement.

Bolsonaro, who blew out his left-wing opponent in Brazil's election, has been dubbed the "Trump of the Tropics", as he is seen by many as a "no-nonsense leader who will drain the swamp and tackle the rampant violence plaguing the country".

He has promised to govern for all of the country's 210 million Brazilians, and campaigned on vows to eradicate graft, crack down on crime, open up Brazil's protectionist economy to the free market, and put business interests ahead of environmental protection.

"I will work tirelessly so that Brazil reaches its destiny", said Mr Bolsonaro, the latest populist to exploit anti-establishment fury. In September, Bolsonaro was the target of a failed assassination attempt when he was stabbed at a campaign rally.

A conservative former military man, Bolsonaro reiterated his campaign pledges to pursue fiscal responsibility and economic growth, and promote Judeo-Christian values. Now Brazilians get their chance with Mr Bolsonaro. US President Donald Trump is "an example" to him, and Bolsonaro has promised to follow the US and relocate Brazil's Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In an interview with Record TV on the eve of his inauguration, Bolsonaro lashed out at Brazil's notorious bureaucracy, which makes doing business in the country hard and expensive.

"We are counting on Congress to provide the judicial support so police can do their jobs", Bolsonaro said, signaling that he may soon submit legislation that would allow police to be tried outside the criminal system. That has sparked fears among his adversaries of a return to autocratic rule, but Bolsonaro insists he will respect the country's constitution.

He has been a member of several political parties but is now in the Social Liberal Party (PSL), which has grown from having a tiny presence in Congress to becoming the party with the second largest number of deputies in the lower house. Days before the inauguration, he tweeted plans to sign an executive order to loosen Brazil's strict gun laws - a move that could be challenged by the country's Congress.

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