U.S.-Brazilian relations suffered a blow last year when leaks by Edward Snowden revealed that the United Stations National Security Agency (NSA) had been spying on Brazilian President DilmaRousseff. In reaction, Rousseff delayed her upcoming state visit to the United States, and announced plans to potentially move data storage centers within the country. The political crisis was seen to have implications for American business as well when Brazil’s defense ministry chose to pursue a $4 billion contract with Sweden’s Saab over Boeing for the purchase of fighter jets.
But despite these challenges, the recently appointed U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, Liliana Ayalde, says the bilateral relationship is too strong to be damaged. LBC spoke with Ambassador Ayalde about the Unied States’ relationship with Brazil, trade, and opportunities for U.S. business to get involved in Latin America’s largest economy – as well as for Brazilian companies to enter the United States.