At a joint press conference with President Obama at the White House today, Dilma Rousseff, president of Brazil, addressed the spy scandal that prompted her to cancel a trip to the U.S.
In 2013, it was revealed the National Security Agency targeted and spied on Rousseff causing strained relations between Brazil and the United States. Obama has assured Rousseff this will not happen again.
"I believe President Obama," Rousseff said. "Furthermore, should he ever need non-public information about Brazil, he would just pick up the phone and call me."
QUESTION: And, Madam President, welcome to the U.S. You canceled a previous trip to the United States following the revelations by Edward Snowden of NSA spying on you. Are you still troubled by those revelations? And have you received assurances, and are you satisfied with the answers you have received from the administration?
DILMA ROUSSEFF, PRESIDENT OF BRAZIL: (As interpreted.) Yes, it is true, I did cancel my previous trip to the U.S. at that point in time. Since then, some things have changed and the change is particularly due to the fact that President Obama and the U.S. government have stated on several occasions that they would no longer engage in intrusive acts of spying [on] friendly countries. I believe President Obama. And furthermore, he has told me that if he needed -- should he ever need non-public information about Brazil, he would just pick up the phone and call me. So yes, I am certain that the conditions today have become very different.