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Trump's tariff ambush risks pushing Brazil closer to China


BRASILIA (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s surprise decision to slap metals tariffs on Brazil is a blow to President Jair Bolsonaro’s aim of forging closer ties with Washington and could push Latin America’s No. 1 economy closer to Trump’s top trade foe - China.

Earlier on Monday, Trump said he will impose tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminium imports from Brazil and Argentina, catching the two South American countries off guard and prompting them to seek explanations.

Bolsonaro strode to victory last year as the “Trump of the Tropics,” threatening to slash China’s growing ...


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