USA officials haven't made any recent public statements calling for a base in Brazil.
Ending his first week in office by quickly putting into action the far-right agenda he promoted during his campaign, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday unveiled economic proposals that critics says will worsen inequality across Brazil, putting corporate profits above the well-being of middle- and lower-class families.
"Depending on what might happen in the world, who knows if we might have to talk about [a USA base] in the future", the 63-year-old far-right president, who assumed office on January 1, told SBT television in an interview.
The Lima Group of Latin American nations plus Canada said on Friday that last year's elections in Venezuela were not democratic and they would not recognize the legitimacy of leftist President Nicolas Maduro's new term starting January 10.
Pompeo told reporters on Wednesday that the United States and Brazil had "an opportunity to work alongside each other against authoritarian regimes" in the region, naming Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua.
He said that "the only weighty voice speaking out against me is Iran".
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With the start of the new year, Brazil is about to witness a slew of changes in both the government and civic society. Notably, populist sentiments voiced by the right-wing Brazilian president have been compared to statements of US President Donald Trump, which prompted media to call Bolsonaro the "Trump of the Tropics". He has also made a move to ease gun laws so "good citizens" can confront armed criminals.
Police killed two people in a shootout.
While the motive behind the attacks is not confirmed, state authorities believe they are revenge for the recent announcement of tighter rules governing the state's prisons and inmates.
Since his inauguration on Tuesday, Bolsonaro has used executive orders to open up Brazil's economy, crack down on violent drug gangs and redraw the country's foreign policy while pushing conservative social measures.
Much of that task falls to his justice minister, Sergio Moro, a former star judge who headed up Operation Car Wash, an investigation into Brazil's biggest-ever corruption scandal.
Critics argue those ideas only risk inflaming Brazil's violent streets and worsening Brazil's murder tally, almost 64,000 people in 2017, a record.