WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – President Donald Trump would not commit Saturday to continue holding off on hitting Brazil with tariffs on imports of its aluminum and steel, saying “I don't make any promises.”
Trump commented in the presence of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who Trump was hosting for dinner at his resort home in southern Florida.
In a tweet in December, Trump accused Bolsonaro's government of hurting American farmers by manipulating its currency. He pledged to slap tariffs on Brazilian aluminum and steel, but withdrew the threat days later.
“We have a very good relationship as to tariffs ... we want to always help Brazil,” said Trump, who appeared with Bolsonaro at the front door of his Mar-a-Lago estate. U.S. and Brazilian flags fluttered in the breeze on either side of the doorway.
"The friendship is probably stronger now than it’s never been,” Trump said.
Asked whether his comments meant no new tariffs on Brazil, Trump declined to commit.
“I don't make any promises,” he said, before he led Bolsonaro to a dinner table on the club's bustling outdoor patio. U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, and Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, both senior White House advisers, were also at the table along with several Brazilian government officials.
Trump also praised Bolsonaro's leadership.