With a sluggish recovery at home and Latin America increasingly looking to China to diversify economic and political ties, now is the time for the U.S. to show it is a willing partner that takes the region's concerns seriously.
Brazil imports more goods and services from the U.S. than any other nation. As demand continues to rise in Brazil, so does the opportunity for Americans to return to doing what we do best: creating and building vital goods and services.
The President needs to provide resolute leadership on trade, and Brazil is a great place to start. We fret a lot about the growing economic clout of China and India, but Brazil is a rising economic behemoth in our own hemisphere.