-U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today released the following statement after President Trump, pursuant to section 517 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, designated
the Federative Republic of Brazil as a major Non-NATO ally of the United States: 'I welcome President Trump's designation of Brazil as a major non-NATO ally this week. Under President Bolsonaro's leadership, Brazil stands as an important security partner and has advanced our mutual goals of bolstering bilateral defense and intelligence ties. As a major non-NATO ally to the United States, Brazil will gain benefits essential to providing security and stability in the Western Hemisphere.'Rubio is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.
On January 29, 2019, Rubio penned an op-ed in CNN and CNN in Español on why the U.S. should go big on Brazil.