US House Speaker John Boehner visits Brazil slum

Published:

 

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has started a trade-boosting trip to Latin America with a visit to a Brazilian shantytown that police have recently seized from drug traffickers.

Monday's visit in Rio de Janeiro kicks off a visit to the top three U.S. export markets in Latin America. Joining the Ohio Republican are Reps. Dave Camp of Michigan, Doc Hastings of Washington, John Kline of Minnesota, Dan Boren of Oklahoma, Devin Nunes of California and Greg Walden of Oregon.

Rio de Janeiro security chief Jose Mariano Beltrame told the visitors about Rio's plans to boost security before the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

The representatives will also visit federal officials in Brasilia, then head to Colombia and Mexico.