Monday, 14 October, 2019

Brazil's President Bolsonaro Offers US Ambassador Job To Son

Eduardo and Jair Bolsonaro during a political rally in Brasilia Eduardo and Jair Bolsonaro during a political rally in Brasilia
Patty Aguilar | 13 July, 2019, 14:29

"I think he can be appropriate for this position and handle matters in Washington in a better way", the news agency Xinhua quoted the president on Thursday as saying.

On Friday, Bolsonaro said in a Facebook Live that he "is not concerned" about the criticism he was receiving over the nomination idea.

Bolsonaro said the appointment hinges on acceptance by Eduardo, now a federal congressman.

"My son Eduardo speaks English, speaks Spanish ... is friends with the children of President Donald Trump", he said, adding that Eduardo would have to decide whether he wanted the post.

Congressman Ivan Valente of the leftist Socialism and Liberty Party said the nomination would be unethical.

Mr Bolsonaro uses several of his members of the family as reliable advisers.

When asked by reporters about his qualifications for the position, he said he had been in a foreign exchange programme where he "fried hamburgers in the United States, in the cold in Maine".

A 2017 YouTube video shows him standing in front of a Popeyes chicken counter recounting his time in the U.S.in 2004-2005.

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Eduardo, who has close ties to the United States far right, also pointed to his role as head of the Foreign Relations Committee as further evidence of his suitability for the job.

Eduardo, now an MP, accompanied his father to a private meeting with Trump during a diplomatic visit to Washington in March. The statement caused disapproval at home.

Mr Bolsonaro used to be elected final one year after a worthwhile marketing campaign he talked about had been impressed by Donald Trump.

Eduardo would must resign as a congressman if he did occupy the discipline of ambassador.

Because of his numerous trips overseas and considerable influence on the president, Eduardo Bolsonaro had already been considered Brazil's "Parallel Chancellor" for several months.

Bolsonaro was sworn in on January 1 and has yet to nominate a U.S. ambassador.

The position of ambassador has been vacant since April.

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