Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro with the then US President Donald Trump during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka (file photo). Photograph:( AFP )
Former US President Donald Trump announced support for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro ahead of the 2022 elections in the country. The endorsement comes when the Brazilian Senate recommended criminal charges against the president for his handling of the pandemic
Ahead of the 2022 elections, Former US President Donald Trump announced support for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
The endorsement seems to have been made on Wednesday just around the time when the Brazilian Senate recommended criminal charges against Bolsonaro for his handling of the pandemic.
In the statement of endorsement, Trump bragged about his relationship with the Brazilian president and said, "President Jair Bolsonaro and I have become great friends over the past few years."
With this development, Trump seems to be making attempt to throw his streak of endorsements into the international spotlight.
Touting Bolsonaro's work ethic and personality, Trump said, he "fights hard for, and loves, the people of Brazil" and equated it to being similar to Trump's love for "the people of the United States."
"Brazil is lucky to have a man such as Jair Bolsonaro working for them. He is a great President and will never let the people of his great country down," Trump added.
In a 7-4 vote, the Brazilian Senate recommended that Bolsonaro face criminal indictments for crimes against humanity. The recommendation has come after a six-month investigation into his handling of the pandemic, as per AP news agency. The Brazilian president has denied any kind of wrongdoing.
(With inputs from agencies)