President Bush is meeting with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at this hour for talks expected to focus on trade issues.
In remarks to young Brazilian leaders before the meeting, Mr. Bush said the United States is a friend of Brazil and that Washington wants Latin America to be prosperous.
The president arrived in Brasilia Saturday after attending the Summit of the Americas in Argentina, where delegates failed to reach consensus on creating a regional free-trade zone.
Brazil was one of five countries that said it is not willing to continue talks on a U.S. free-trade plan for the Western Hemisphere. Asked about protests against him at the summit, Mr. Bush said democracy encourages different points of view, adding that what happened in Argentina happens in America.