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US hopes Brazil's Bolsonaro will be useful counter to China, but not according to Chinese media

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On Tuesday, January 1, 2019, Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as the president of Brazil, having won 55 percent of the country's vote, defeating the Worker's Party's Fernando Haddad.

Shortly after being sworn in, Bolsonaro announced Brazil's "liberation from socialism, inverted values, the bloated state and political correctness."

The United States and the corporate media have had a strong disdain for some of Latin America's leadership in recent years (including Brazil's former leftist leadership), so one would expect Brazil's new administration to be no different. However, this time around, Bolsonaro appears to have emerged out of the rubble of Brazilian politics as some sort of hero for the western elite.

For example, US President Donald Trump was quick to congratulate the recently inaugurated president with a tweet which read: "The USA is with you."

"Congratulations to Brazil's new President Bolsonaro," wrote former ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, on Twitter. "It's great to have another US-friendly leader in South America, who will join the fight against dictatorships in Venezuela and Cuba, and who clearly understands the danger of China's influence in the region."

Believe it or not, Haley's tweet wasn't for our benefit (though it did give us a great glimpse into the working mind of the US government's foreign policy agenda). No, I would bet a lot of money that Haley's tweet was for the benefit of Bolsonaro himself.

According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the Trump administration has deep plans to enlist Bolsonaro in its efforts to fight a trade war with China; as well as to isolate the Venezuelan government (who surprisingly, have strong ties with both Russia and China to Washington's detriment). The WSJ explains that this plan to recruit Bolsonaro began during Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Brazil to attend Bolsonaro's inauguration on Tuesday, with China's "predatory trade and lending practices" featuring highly on the State Department's agenda.

Pompeo himself said that the rise of Bolsonaro created "a truly transformative opportunity" for the United States and Brazil. According to Pompeo, Brazil had a history of electing presidents that were enemies of the United States and that now "it is just the opposite: we are friends."

Bolsonaro apparently responded by saying he would "very much like to increasingly make up for" the distance Brazil has kept from the US........

© RT.com