Brazil’s president sends son to US for talks about Amazon wildfires

Brazil’s president sends son to US for talks about Amazon wildfires

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has said his son, a congressman and foreign minister are in the United States to discuss possible US aid for Brazil amid devastating fires in the Amazon region.

Mr Bolsonaro said he had asked U.S. President Donald Trump for “help” and that Mr Trump had said “he couldn’t make a decision without hearing from Brazil”.

The Brazilian leader said his son Eduardo and foreign minister Ernesto Araujo are in the US for a conversation with Mr Trump.

A youth from the Kayapo indigenous community bathes in the river at dusk near his village in the Bau indigenous reserve in Altamira, in Brazil’s Amazon (Leo Correa/AP)
A youth from the Kayapo indigenous community bathes in the river at dusk near his village in the Bau indigenous reserve in Altamira, in Brazil’s Amazon (Leo Correa/AP)

Mr Bolsonaro is considering appointing his son to be ambassador to the US, though the posting would need to be approved by the upper house of the Brazilian congress.

Mr Trump’s complimentary remarks about Mr Bolsonaro and his handling of the Amazon fires contrast with criticism from French President Emmanuel Macron and some other European leaders.

- Press Association

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