President-elect Jair Bolsonaro met the U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton on Thursday (28th). The meeting happened at Bolsonaro's home in Rio de Janeiro. After leaving the meeting, Bolton posted on social media that the meeting "was very productive" and that he invited the Brazilian president-elect to meet US president Donald Trump. "We look forward to a dynamic partnership with Brazil."
Bolsonaro said he intends to travel to Washington after recovering from a surgery to remove the colostomy bag he had inserted after being stabbed during the campaign.
After receiving criticism for saluting Bolton, Bolsonaro posted on social media later in the day, that "to subject our territory, laws, and sovereignty to other nation's statements is out of the question."
Bolton arrived at 6:54 am, in a four-vehicle retinue escorted by Brazilian Military Police, and didn't speak to the press. He left Bolsonaro's house one hour later.
Bolton is one of Trump's chief advisors in foreign policy and is known for his controversial opinions. He regularly criticizes Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua, calling them the "troika of tyranny."
The president-elect said he discussed diplomatic sanctions against Venezuela and Cuba with Bolton, as well as the Brazilian embassy in Israel's move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
"This possibility still stands. Jerusalem has two parts. One of them is not in dispute, and the American embassy is located in that part," Bolsonaro said.
Translated by NATASHA MADOV