US Defense Secretary travels to Brazil to affirm military’s role in democracy

US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin will travel to Brazil next week to attend the 15th Conference of Ministers of Defence of the Americas (CDMA).

The trip was announced by the Pentagon in a statement released on Friday (22). Lloyd leaves on Monday (25) for the US Southern Command in Florida, where he will meet with Commander Laura Richardson.

The Defence Secretary’s visit comes a week after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) hosted a meeting with ambassadors to voice his criticism of the electoral system and reaffirm an alleged role for the Armed Forces in overseeing the process.

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