For Trump, Brazil’s President Is Like Looking in the Mirror

At the top of Mr. Trump’s friendly authoritarians have been some of the globe’s most brutal dictators: Kim Jong-un of North Korea; Vladimir V. Putin of Russia; Xi Jinping of China; Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt; Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey; and Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines.

Mr. Bolsonaro is the latest to be added to the list.

A former army captain who served for decades in the Brazilian congress, Mr. Bolsonaro vaulted onto the international scene by winning his country’s elections last year. He made his first international appearance as president when he attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last month.

In an interview on Fox News Channel on Monday night, Mr. Bolsonaro lashed out at the media — much the way Mr. Trump often does — for what he said were inaccurate representations of his past statements about race and women, including having said at one point that “I’m homophobic and proud of it.”

“If it were all that, I would not at all have been elected president,” Mr. Bolsonaro told Fox’s Shannon Bream. “So, there’s a great deal of fake news certainly around — the Brazilian population has after all learned how to use social media. And they no longer trust or believe the Brazilian mainstream media, which is virtually dominated by the left-wing.”

Mr. Bolsonaro insisted that “I have nothing against homosexuals or women — I’m not a xenophobe.” But he added that “I want to have my house in order. The definition of a family, in my view is one and the same. As defined in the Bible, if you engage in, say, a same-sex relationship, you can go ahead and do it, but we cannot allow the government to bring these intents to the classroom setting and teach schoolchildren in the likes of age 5.”

American officials said that they expected Mr. Trump and Mr. Bolsonaro to discuss the future of Venezuela during discussions at the White House. A senior administration official, who declined to be identified, told reporters that the United States appreciates Brazil’s provision of humanitarian aid to Venezuela and its support for Interim President Juan Guaidó.

In the Fox News interview, Mr. Bolsonaro said that “Venezuela is very much on our order of business.” He added that he looked forward to a diplomatic solution to the crisis so that “Venezuela can go back to peace, democracy and liberty.”