Brazil's president wants to make his son USA ambassador
Brazil's president wants to make his son USA ambassador
Bolsonaro's eldest son Flavio is currently serving as a senator
13 July, 2019, 14:30
President Jair Bolsonaro, who said his campaign a year ago was inspired by U.S. President Donald Trump, has made friendly overtures to the American leader and made similar use of family members as official advisers.
"Eduardo is a friend of Donald Trump's children, speaks English and Spanish, and has long experience with world affairs".
Eduardo Bolsonaro, 35, who's for the time being serving as a congressman and advises his father on worldwide affairs, knowledgeable newshounds he would glean the post if it were offered. "It is not nepotism, I would never do that", Bolsonaro said on a live social media broadcast on Friday.
Bolsonaro said at a news conference Thursday that nominating his son is, in his words, "something on my radar. Eduardo Bolsonaro's nomination for ambassador is unacceptable", tweeted Senate opposition leader Randolfe Rodrigues.
He called the move "unprecedented in the history of Brazilian diplomacy" and said he was "certain" the Brazilian Senate would not approve the nomination.
A 2008 Supreme Court decision prohibits Brazilian authorities from nominating close family members to official posts, but the ruling was vague and Bolsonaro's allies argue it doesn't apply in this case.
Eduardo Bolsonaro also noted that he heads the foreign relations commission in the lower house of Congress.
During the Brazilian leader's White House visit in March, Trump heaped praise on Eduardo Bolsonaro, who sat by his father during an Oval Office chat while Brazil's foreign minister and ambassador in Washington were nowhere to be seen.
Both the president and his son have a pro-US stance, breaking with Brazil's traditionally more cautious set, and Eduardo is overtly pro-Israeli, whereas in the previous Brazil has been careful now not to offend Arab countries.
He said Eduardo Bolsonaro is a friend of U.S. President Donald Trump's children, speaks English and Spanish and has experience overseas.
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