Brazil: Trump says US will not back down on US aid to Brazil
AUSTIN, Texas — President Donald Trump told Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff Wednesday that he was “very pleased” that Brazil has pledged $4 billion in new aid to help improve the country’s infrastructure.
“We’re very pleased,” Trump told reporters in a brief news conference with his Brazilian counterpart.
I think that it’s very important for Brazil to get it done.””
I am very pleased to see Brazil do that.
I think that it’s very important for Brazil to get it done.”
Rousseff has long said that her country’s aid package for Brazil was a “gift” that could not be repaid.
She is now facing a reelection campaign and has made no secret of her desire to expand the countrys $60 billion assistance package.
The U.S. is also providing nearly $8 billion in economic support to Brazil, including a $2 billion loan that Trump has vowed to repay, as well as a $1.4 billion loan to the military, according to a Treasury Department release.
Trump also met with top defense officials and defense industry executives on Wednesday, as he made his first trip to Brazil in six months, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Assistant Secretary of Defense Thomas Walden.
The president is set to spend several hours with Defense Secretary Dana W. White, a top defense official, before traveling to the headquarters of Brazil’s military.
The White House said that the meeting would focus on ways the U.s. and Brazil can improve the bilateral relationship and work together to strengthen the military.
“It is important that we build trust and confidence, which is what our bilateral relationship is built on,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
“President Trump is a big fan of Brazil and of the military and we look forward to working with him and the Brazilian military to make sure that that relationship is better off.”
has also provided $1 billion in military aid to the Urua Valley, where Brazil is building a military academy.
The military, which has an annual budget of $7.4 trillion, is trying to build a new base near the country border.