Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo met today in Washington with several top-level government economic representatives, including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow.
Araújo also met this Thursday with the Foreign Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, confirmed to Efe the Brazilian Embassy in the U.S. capital.
The chancellor took advantage of his visit to also meet with U.S. investors in the Chamber of Commerce.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Jair Bolsonaro’s government will close his round of contacts this Friday with a meeting with the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.
State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus explained today in a press conference that the meeting between Araújo and Pompeo will serve to “expand and strengthen” the relationship between the two countries.
“The meeting will address a wide range of issues: supporting democracies, pursuing economic prosperity and promoting peace and order,” Ortagus said at the State Department headquarters.
Following that meeting, the two will hold a joint press conference to address the media.
Later, Araújo plans to meet with World Bank President David Malpass at the multilateral organization’s headquarters and Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro.
On Wednesday, Araújo affirmed that the electoral victories of Donald Trump in the country and Bolsonaro in Brazil, and the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union are common elements of an “insurgency” against “nonsense,” such as globalism and the dictatorship of climate change.
“Trump, Bolsonaro and brexit are part of a global process. Part of the same insurgency against nonsense,” Araújo said at a conference at the Heritage Foundation, his first day of a visit to Washington.
Among this “nonsense,” he cited “globalism, the possibility of a world without borders” and charged against “the dictatorship of climate change,” which he called “climateism”.
“Is there climate change? Yes, there has always been. Is it due to human action? Is it catastrophic? It doesn’t seem so,” he said.
Araújo rejected that the Amazon is being burned, assuring that the level of fires remains within “the historical average” and lamented that “climate change has been captured by political interests” to attack Bolsonaro.