Brazil’s Bolsonaro talks up a friendlier approach to US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, is taking pains to show his government is friendlier to the U.S. than those of his immediate predecessors.

Bolsonaro expressed admiration for the U.S. and President Donald Trump in a speech Monday to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Earlier Monday, Bolsonaro visited CIA headquarters, a first for a Brazilian president. In a tweet, his son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, described the CIA as “one of the most respected intelligence agencies in the world.” That assessment is likely to raise eyebrows in Brazil, where the U.S. and its spy services have been regarded with suspicion in recent years.

Trump is welcoming Bolsonaro to the White House on Tuesday. They are expected to discuss trade and the effort to press Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to give up power.

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