US President Donald Trump praised on Tuesday the appointment of Federal Deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of President Jair Bolsonaro, to the position of Brazilian ambassador in Washington.
“I know his son. I think his son is an excellent, brilliant, and wonderful young man. I’m very happy that he nominated him and I think it’s a great nomination,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
The US president also stated that he does not consider Eduardo’s appointment as nepotism. Trump is also accused of the practice by the Democratic opposition for having close advisers to his daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner.
“I don’t think it’s nepotism because his son helped him a lot in the campaign. His son is great. I think it’s a great nomination. I didn’t know that,” Trump argued, revealing surprise at Eduardo’s nomination for the embassy.
The US president also praised Bolsonaro and opened the door to a trade agreement between Brazil and the United States. Today, the country’s secretary of commerce, Wilbur Ross, is in São Paulo to discuss an economic approach between the two countries.
“We have a great relationship with Brazil and I have a fantastic relationship with its president. He is a great knight who, as you know, was here. They say he is Trump from Brazil and I like it,” said Trump before leaving for Williamsburg, Virginia.
“Yes, let’s evaluate a free trade agreement with Brazil. Brazil is a great trading partner, which charges us a lot of tariffs, but otherwise, we love the relationship,” continued the Republican.
Trump, who is running for reelection in 2020, also said Bolsonaro has been doing a “great job” since taking office.
Ever since he suggested Eduardo’s appointment as ambassador to Washington, Bolsonaro has been accused of nepotism. The president also made a series of controversial statements to defend the appointment of the now federal deputy to the post.
One of the arguments Bolsonaro uses to justify the choice is the proximity Eduardo would have with Trump because he met the sons of the American president. In interviews given since the appointment, the reserve captain said he would meet the son of another world leader much faster than any other ambassador.
“Imagine if Macri’s son wanted to be an ambassador in Brazil. Calling me. When would he be answered? Tomorrow, next week or immediately? That is the intention,” Bolsonaro said during a recent visit to Argentina.
Critics question Eduardo Bolsonaro’s curriculum because they consider that the congressman does not have the necessary qualifications to occupy one of the most important positions of Brazilian diplomacy.
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