by Brett Samuels, The Hill, July 2019

President Trump on Wednesday officially designated Brazil as a major non-NATO ally, making it easier for the South American country to purchase U.S. weapons and defense equipment.

The president sent a memo to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo late Wednesday notifying him of the change, which he had hinted at earlier this year.

Sixteen other countries have major non-NATO ally status, including South Korea, Australia, Argentina and Kuwait. Click To Tweet

Colombia is the only other Latin American nation affiliated with NATO as a “global partner,” meaning it would not necessarily have to engage in military action.

Surprise, surprise, Trump makes friends with another authoritarian.

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