Then he expressed wariness about a multi-billion-dollar planned tie-up between plane maker Embraer and U.S. giant Boeing, sending the Brazilian company's shares diving and calling into question his market-friendly campaign rhetoric.
His chief of staff, Onyx Lorenzoni, hastily said Bolsonaro was "wrong" on the tax hike.
Bolsonaro, who said he is a fan of President Donald Trump, said he supports USA policy with regard to opposing the "authoritarian regimes" of left-wing governments in Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua.
A reform of Brazil's bloated pension system will be among Bolsonaro's biggest challenges, since he has yet to build a base in Congress.
Bolsonaro also targeted Brazil's native population by signing an executive order that makes it hard for new land to be allocated for indigenous communities and descendants of slaves.
We are aware of the intentions of the dictatorship of [Venezuelan President Nicolas] Maduro.
"I have discussed this internally and with interest in other countries in South America", Bolsonaro told reporters on Friday when asked about hosting a US base.
Russia's Defense Ministry sent two nuclear-capable strategic bombers to Venezuela on December 10 in an unusual display of Russian military force in South America. No deaths of bystanders have been reported.
Pompeo told reporters on Wednesday that the United States and Brazil had "an opportunity to work alongside each other against authoritarian regimes" in the region, naming Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. Ceará state officials in recent days have said they would start sending prisoners to whatever jails had space, and not separate those incarcerated according to gang affiliation.
In a bid to crack down on Brazil's rampant crime, the far-right president has extended immunity to soldiers and police using lethal force.
The impression left was that Bolsonaro's 1st week was marked by moves aimed at appealing to his socially conservative base made up of evangelical Christian, pro-gun and pro-business groups, but with little underlying strategy.
2017 were registered in Brazil almost 64,000 murders.