USA Backtracks on Promise to Support Brazil's OECD Candidacy

Letter reiterated support to the entry of Argentina

São Paulo

The US reiterated support for Argentina and Romania's nominations for the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) in a letter sent to the agency.

The Trump administration also opposed the expansion of the number of member countries, which in practice undermines Brazil's ambitions.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 19, 2019 US President Donald Trump (L) welcomes Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to the White House in Washington, DC.(Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) - AFP

In the document, Brazil is not even mentioned, even after Americans had previously supported the country's candidacy. During Jair Bolsonaro's visit to the White House in March, Donald Trump announced his endorsement of Brazil's admittance to the OECD. President Bolsonaro trumpeted the support as an asset of the trip.

The European Union advocates faster OECD expansion, which is not accepted by the US. Trump signaled to soften such a position to Bolsonaro, but Mike Pompeo's letter shows otherwise. Later in the day, the secretary of state said his text "does not accurately represent" the American view.

Washington does not agree with the agency's scheduled enlargement.

The OECD advises its 36 members, mostly wealthy and emerging countries such as Chile, Mexico, and Turkey, and is considered a key influencer in the world economic architecture. 

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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