Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro has chosen Chile as the venue for his first foreign trip and will quickly follow up with visits to the U.S. and Israel, according to a top aide. Congressman Onyz Lorenzoni, named Sunday as Bolsonaro’s top presidential advisor, said in a radio interview that Bolsonaro chose Chile as his first stop because “Chile has been the most successful Latin American country over the past 20 years” in terms of increasing per capital income, education levels and other indices. Lorenzoni did not offer a timetable or other details on Bolsonaro’s planned foreign trips. Bolsonaro received phone calls following his Sunday electoral victory from U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. In a television interview Monday, Trump said a possible trade agreement with Brazil might be on the horizon. Press reports in Brazil on Tuesday suggested Brazilian-U.S. negotiations may be accelerated under Bolsonaro in areas such as military cooperation, hardware and technology as well as space exploration and law enforcement, among others.
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