“Only God can remove me from the presidential chair.”Bolsonaro
BLOOMBERG, June 11, 2022
Request came at leaders’ meeting at summit in Los Angeles; Bolsonaro has questioned legitimacy of Biden’s own election
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro asked US President Joe Biden for help in his re-election bid during a private meeting on the sidelines of a regional summit this week, portraying his leftist opponent as a danger to US interests, according to people familiar with the matter.
During the meeting on Thursday, Biden underlined the importance of preserving the integrity of Brazil’s democratic electoral process, and when Bolsonaro asked for help, Biden moved to change the subject, one of the people said. Bolsonaro’s comments to Biden about his rival, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, echoed his public warnings about the two-term former president, according to the people, who requested anonymity to discuss a private conversation.
The press office of Brazil’s presidency didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, while the White House press office declined to immediately comment.
The almost hour-long meeting, their first since Biden’s election in 2020, took place mostly in private during the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. Bolsonaro told reporters afterward that he and Biden “talked superficially” about the election. In public comments at the start of their meeting, Biden said that Brazil has a vibrant, inclusive democracy and strong electoral institutions.
Polls show Bolsonaro trailing Lula ahead of Brazil’s election in October. Lula would win 47% of the votes in the first round, while Bolsonaro would get 29%, a survey by pollster Quaest showed on Wednesday… [+]
Pedido de Bolsonaro para Biden gera constrangimento
e é visto como manobra
Constrangimento e vergonha. Foi dessa forma que o Itamaraty e alguns dos principais diplomatas brasileiros receberam os relatos de que o presidente Jair Bolsonaro teria solicitado ajuda de Joe Biden nas eleições em outubro. Mas a manobra também foi interpretada como uma jogada do brasileiro na busca por uma aliança que o salve de uma derrota.
O gesto foi visto como uma “afronta” à soberania nacional e viola até mesmo os princípios de independência. O constrangimento foi ainda maior depois que a reação do governo americano foi, ao ouvir o pedido, de simplesmente mudar de assunto… – Veja mais em UOL Notícias, 12 de junho de 2022)