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Bolsonaro working very hard on Amazon fires, doing a great job: Trump

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro (R) meets with US President Donald Trump during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Washington Aug 27, 2019, 08.32 PM (IST)

As the Amazon fire raged and the Brazilian government rejected G7 aid, US President Trump that President Jair Bolsonaro was "working very hard on the Amazon fires".

Trump said in all respects Bolsonaro was doing a great job for the people of Brazil, adding that it wasn't easy.

"He and his country have the full and complete support of the USA!, the US president said.

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On Tuesday, Bolsonaro's government had refused G7 aid of 20 million euros to fight the Amazon fires with Onyx Lorenzoni, chief of staff to President Jair Bolsonaro asserting that the money was "more relevant to reforest Europe".

"Macron cannot even avoid a foreseeable fire in a church that is a world heritage site. What does he intend to teach our country?" Lorenzoni asked.

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Hundreds of new fires have flared up in the Amazon in Brazil, data showed Monday, even as military aircraft dumped water over hard-hit areas and G7 nations pledged to help combat the blazes.

Two C-130 Hercules aircraft carrying thousands of liters of water on Sunday had begun dousing fires devouring chunks of the world's largest rainforest, which is seen as crucial to keeping climate change in check.

According to the latest official figures, 80,626 forest fires have been recorded in Brazil this year, the highest number of any year since at least 2013.