Bolsonaro says Trump approved his son as ambassador to Washington
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Bolsonaro says Trump approved his son as ambassador to Washington

‘I don’t think it’s nepotism,’ US president says of Eduardo Bolsonaro’s appointment, which still needs okay from Brazil’s senate

Eduardo Bolsonaro greets students as he leaves the Santa Casa hospital where his father was hospitalized in Juiz de Fora, Brazil, Sept. 6, 2018 (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Eduardo Bolsonaro greets students as he leaves the Santa Casa hospital where his father was hospitalized in Juiz de Fora, Brazil, Sept. 6, 2018 (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday the United States has approved the nomination of his son Eduardo as ambassador to Washington.

“I’m delighted and I’m sure the friendly and commercial ties will be strengthened thanks to Eduardo,” said Bolsonaro at an impromptu press conference at the presidential palace in Brasilia.

Brazil has received an “agreement” from US authorities that would allow Bolsonaro to officially name his 35-year-old son to the post.

However, the appointment would still need to be approved by the Brazilian Senate.

Bolsonaro said he wasn’t “in a hurry” to send his nomination to the senate, although last week he said he was sure it would be accepted.

US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in the Oval Office of the White House, March 19, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The far-right leader said he’d even received a letter from US President Donald Trump, written “by his own hand,” approving the nomination.

Trump described it on July 30 as “a great appointment,” praising Eduardo as “outstanding.”

Brazilian congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, left, and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, son-in-law of US President Donald Trump, meet at the White House on November 27, 2018. (Twitter via JTA)

“I don’t think it’s nepotism,” said Trump, who counts his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner among his most senior advisers.

Bolsonaro had promised to fight cronyism as well as rampant corruption while campaigning for president last year.

Eduardo Bolsonaro pushed his own case last month, citing his experience flipping hamburgers in the United States during a work exchange program in 2005.

In March, Eduardo said on Twitter that when he was younger he “washed plates with Mexicans and Peruvians in a kitchen surrounded by snow in Maine and Colorado.”

Bolsonaro, who heads the foreign affairs committee in the lower house of Brazil’s Congress, has no previous diplomatic experience.

But he accompanied his father to a private meeting with Trump during a diplomatic visit to Washington in March.

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