President Bolsonaro of Brazil visits President Trump at Mar a Lago

President Bolsonaro of Brazil visits President Trump at Mar a Lago

March 8, 2020 — Last night, President Donald Trump was joined for dinner at Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach, Florida by President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil. The following remarks were made by President Trump to the media before the dinner. (link)

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Hello, everybody. Thank you very much. Thank you. He’s doing a fantastic job. A great job. Brazil loves him and the USA loves him. Great job. Thank you very much.

Q: Mr. President, will you continue keeping tariffs off of Brazil on steel and aluminum?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: We have a very good relationship as to tariffs. And we helped Brazil and we want to always help Brazil. And the friendship is probably stronger now than it’s ever been.

Q: So no new tariffs?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I don’t want to make any promises. No promises.

Q: Sir, for the (inaudible) coronavirus impact, are you going to continue hold rallies and are you taking any precautions with the White House staff?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, we’ll have tremendous rallies. And we’re doing very well. And we’ve done a fantastic job with respect to that subject on the virus. Yeah.

Q: How concerned are you that coronavirus —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: (Inaudible.) We’ve had tremendous cooperation with other countries and all over the world. And we’ve made it very, very tough. Very strong. Very stringent borders.

Q: But are you concerned that it is getting closer to the White House in D.C.?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Say it. What?

Q: On free trade —

Q: Are you concerned that the virus is getting closer to the White House and D.C.?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: No, I’m not concerned at all. No, I’m not. No, we’ve done a great job.

Thank you very much.

(courtesy of White House YouTube)

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