THERESA MAY snubbed the new far-right Brazilian President by not calling to congratulate him on his successful election on Monday, promising to write a letter instead.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been labelled “the Trump of the tropics,” has denied he harbours extreme fascist views and attempted to paint himself as a “Brazilian Churchill”.
Mrs May opted to break a long-standing political protocol by deciding not to call Mr Bolsonaro after he was elected - as is customary when world leaders come to power.
Number 10 announced the Prime Minister intended to send a letter, instead, as she gave the new Brazilian commander-in-chief the British cold shoulder.
The firebrand Republican was quick to rush to Mr Bolsonaro’s defence, tweeting: “We agreed that Brazil and the United States will work closely together on trade, military and everything else!”
Mr Bolsonaro replied: “We wish to bring these two great nations closer together and to advance on the path of freedom and prosperity.”
Trump revealed he’d exchanged “excellent” words with Mr Bolsonaro after he called to congratulate him earlier this week.
In the wake of his election, Mr Bolsonaro’s opponents clashed with law enforcement in Sao Paulo - a liberal, cosmopolitan centre.
A scourge of politically motivated violence also plagued Brazil throughout the campaign in defiance of Mr Bolsonaro’s extreme and controversial policies and opinions.
The Trump-like figure has vowed to make it easier to own firearms and has called for police to have more autonomy to shoot at criminals.
He is also staunchly against the legalisation of abortion and environmentalists fear his policies could wreak havoc on Brazil’s delicate and important eco-system.