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Bolsonaro offer to set up U.S. military base in Brazil criticized

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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro's offer to give up part of the national territory to house a US military base is one of the most dramatic and symbolic measures of the new government.

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This is what former Brazilian presidential candidate Fernando Haddad said on Twitter, who believes this proposal by the far-right politician, supported by his foreign minister, Ernesto Araujo, also generates criticism among the military.

Haddad called attention that the offering, which reveals Brazil's submission to plans for U.S. domination in Latin America, shows strong contradictions in power's heart around the new president.

The proposal for a US military base contradicts the supposedly nationalist rhetoric of Bolsonaro's government, comments Workers Party (PT) ex-candidate in the October elections.

Bolsonaro gave a glimpse last week of the possibility of installing a U.S. military base in Brazil.

Depending on what happens in the world, who knows if we have to discuss this issue in the future', said the former army captain during an interview with the Brazilian Television System (SBT).

He argued ' the physical issue can even be symbolic. Nowadays, the power of the American, Chinese and Russian armed forces reaches everyone, regardless of the base', he said.

He referred his approach to the United States is by the economic sector, but can be military as well. We can make an agreement on this issue. We don't want a superpower in South America, but in my opinion we must have supremacy', Bolsonaro stressed.

In this regard, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said the United States is 'very enthusiastic' about the South American turn to the right, led by the government of Bolsonaro in Brazil, and particularly thanked the new president's offer for the installation in the future of a military base on Brazilian territory. We were satisfied', he emphasized.

Bolsonaro has made an abrupt change in Brazilian foreign policy since taking office on Jan 1, consistent with US president Donald Trump's administration.

According to analysts, in line with his employer (Trump), the ex-military promised to move the Brazilian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and screams out that he wants closer ties with the United States and Israel, forming a sort of new line to break with decades of policies in the region aimed at strengthening South-South ties

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