Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday that his son and the country’s foreign minister are in the United States to discuss possible US aid for devastating fires in the Amazon region.
President Bolsonaro said he had asked President Trump for “help” and that President Trump had said “he couldn’t make a decision without hearing from Brazil.”
Eduardo Bolsonaro (son) who is a congressman, and Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo are in the US for a conversation with President Trump, according to the Brazilian leader.
President Bolsonaro is considering appointing his son to be Ambassador to the US, the posting would need to be approved by the upper house of the Brazilian congress.
President Trump’s complimentary remarks about President Bolsonaro and his handling of the Amazon fires contrast with criticism from French President Emmanuel Macron and some other European leaders.
Thursday, Brazil banned most legal fires for land-clearing for 60 days in an attempt to stop the burning. Many fires were set in already deforested areas to open land for farming and pasture.
About 60% of the Amazon region is in Brazil.
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