ADDED ON: 03/19/2019

Jair Bolsonaro visits White House, reiterates opposition to LGBTI rights

03/19/2019 | Washington Blade

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday reiterated his opposition to LGBTI rights when he spoke alongside President Trump during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden. Bolsonaro, speaking through a translator, stressed his government’s “respect of traditional family values” and opposition to “gender identity.” Bolsonaro in his remarks also praised Trump. “I have always admired the United States of America,” said Bolsonaro. “This admiration has only increased since you took office.” “Brazil does not have a president who is anti-American,” he added. Trump said support of Venezuelan National Assembly President Juan Guaidó, who has declared himself the country’s interim president amid a worsening political and economic crisis, is among the issues that he and Bolsonaro discussed. A joint statement that the White House released does not say whether Trump and Bolsonaro discussed LGBTI issues and human rights.

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