Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Brazil's Bolsonaro offers his son the post of ambassador in Washington

Brazil's Bolsonaro offers his son the post of ambassador in Washington

The president said the nomination "would be the ideal message to Washington".

Bolsonaro senior said Thursday his son's friendship with Trump's children and his ability to speak English and Spanish made him "the right person" for the job. "It is not nepotism, I would never do that", Mr Bolsonaro said on a live social media broadcast on Friday.

Eduardo Bolsonaro, 35, who is now serving as a congressman and advises his father on foreign affairs, told reporters he would accept the post if it were offered. His father said earlier that the appointment would hinge on his son's acceptance. "Eduardo Bolsonaro's nomination for ambassador is unacceptable", tweeted Senate opposition leader Randolfe Rodrigues.

Eduardo Bolsonaro has been dubbed Brazil's "shadow worldwide minister" at the Brazilian global ministry attributable to the stable influence he has on his father's global policy suggestions, BBC Americas editor Candace Piette experiences. Bolsonaro wants to govern in his backyard, extending (the government) to his family.

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

According to his official resume, Eduardo participated in a work experience exchange program in the United States in 2004 and 2005.

A 2017 YouTube video shows him standing in front of a Popeyes chicken counter recounting his time in the USA between 2004 and 2005.

Though he now serves as the head of the House of Representatives' Foreign Relations Committee, he has never taken an actual diplomatic job before.

Jair Bolsonaro's son, Eduardo, will have to resign his seat in Brazil's Congress and get senate approval if he is picked to be ambassador to the United States.

"Brazil is not a priority in Washington and this one of the great misunderstandings in Brazil. Brazil is not in the top 10", Stuenkel said. The ambassador from the previous administration left the position on June 3.

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