In a television interview on Thursday night, Bolsonaro said he would be open to the possibility of the United States operating a military base in Brazil, a sharp shift in a foreign policy that has traditionally stressed neutrality. The Venezuelan president, in his turn, has suggested that the election of Bolsonaro would result in emergence of leftist governments across the region.
He emphasized that what Brazil seeks is to have "supremacy here in South America".
In December, two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers, an An-124 military transport aircraft and an Il-62 plane arrived in Venezuela where they held joint exercises with the South American country's Air Force.
On Friday, asked by journalists in Brasilia about his openness to hosting a U.S. base, Bolsonaro said: "I have the American people as a friend".
Sometimes called the "Trump of the tropics" for his blustery style and disdain of multilateral forums, he said in the same TV interview he was open to discussing the opening of a USA military base in Brazil.
Then U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt called Natal - the closest point in the Americas to Africa - the "Trampoline to Victory" during World War II because it kept allied troops in Africa supplied.
"We have a long cooperation, especially with the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration)".
The move was praised by Brazil's new president, Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right politician and former army captain who was elected on pledges to crack down on crime and give security forces a free hand against criminals. Both attended his inauguration in Brazil's capital. He has also made a move to ease gun laws so "good citizens" can confront armed criminals.
Brazil's prison gangs have a reach far beyond the country's jails, which have the world's third largest population behind the United States and China, with almost 730,000 inmates in 2016.
Much of that task falls to Brazilian Minister of Justice Sergio Moro, a former star judge who headed up Operation Car Wash, an investigation into Brazil's biggest-ever corruption scandal.
2017 were registered in Brazil almost 64,000 murders.
Iran has not been the only country firmly opposing the US-led embassy move to the occupied al-Quds as many Muslim and non-Muslim countries have officially or informally expressed opposition to the move amid many protest rallies in different countries against Washington's anti-Palestinian measure.