He has also frequently bashed China, Brazil’s largest foreign investor, and vowed to scrap or renegotiate trade treaties, including the South American common market, Mercosur.
The broad brushes of his plans have diplomats, political analysts and former government officials warning that such moves could isolate the regional powerhouse instead of opening new markets, which Bolsonaro has said he wants to do by enacting widespread privatization of state industries.
He convinced crusading anti-graft Judge Sergio Moro to become his justice minister, delighting supporters and enraging critics by hiring the jurist who jailed Bolsonaro’s chief political rival.
A deeply polarizing figure at home, Bolsonaro has also ruffled feathers abroad. He called refugees fleeing to Europe “human waste.”