Although Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his American counterpart Joe Biden have never agreed on anything, they have agreed to meet in Los Angeles on Thursday for their own reasons.
In a last-ditch effort to preserve the hemispheric summit, Biden reached out to Bolsonaro, a far-right populist, while Bolsonaro will exploit a meeting with the world’s most powerful man to bolster his image ahead of a tough re-election campaign.
Biden is hosting the Summit of the Americas this week in an effort to heal Trump’s damage to Latin American relations and reassert US leadership over China’s expanding influence in the area.
A senior Biden administration official said he expected a “candid conversation” between the two men. “We obviously also have some disagreements with the president and the government of Brazil,” he said.
The Brazilian’s presence in Los Angeles has taken on added luster since Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he would not attend because the governments of U.S. antagonists Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua were not invited.