Brazil`s Bolsonaro offers his son USA ambassador post

Clay Curtis
July 13, 2019

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has invited his son Eduardo to become ambassador to the United States on Friday.

The president himself said Thursday that such a nomination "is something on my radar", and ticked off a list of his son's qualifications for the post: "My son Eduardo speaks English, he speaks Spanish".

Eduardo, the third of the president's four sons, said he had yet to receive a formal offer but would accept the role.

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

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.

"It is a total scandal ... a flagrant case of nepotism that can not be accepted", Folha de Sao Paulo quoted opposition representative Randolfe Rodrigues as saying.

He called the move "unprecedented in the history of Brazilian diplomacy" and said he was "certain" the Brazilian Senate would not approve the nomination.

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Helicopters were also on standby, and supplies including drinking water and blankets were ready for distribution, the Guard said. He said around 20 relatives were staying with him and his wife because their house is safer.

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

Eduardo Bolsonaro also noted that he heads the foreign relations commission in the lower house of Congress.

However, Eduardo Bolsonaro might have an advantage in that he is friends with Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser to Donald Trump, with whom the far-right President Bolsonaro has formed a close alliance, O Globo quoted diplomats as saying.

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

The place of ambassador has been vacant since April.

He said Eduardo Bolsonaro is a friend of U.S. President Donald Trump's children, speaks English and Spanish and has experience overseas.

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