US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he was strongly considering a travel ban from Brazil, where his close ally Jair Bolsonaro dismissed the risk of the corona virus.
Trump said at a White House press conference that he was "absolutely looking for a ban" from traveling to the United States from Latin America's largest country.
Bolsonaro, who is Trump-oriented and has tried to bring Brazil into a close partnership with the United States, has sparked controversy by claiming the coronavirus pandemic is just a "minor flu".
The Trump administration has already banned travel from major U.S. business partners such as China and the European Union to stop the virus from spreading worldwide.
Despite an increasing number of cases reported in Brazil, Bolsonaro is actively promoting his belief that people should continue to work and travel, and says the country should be exposed to the virus "like a man, damn it, no boy" .
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