August 29, 2019 / 6:30 PM / 19 days ago

Brazil president's son Eduardo Bolsonaro to meet with Trump on Friday

FILE PHOTO: Brazilian Federal Deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro looks on during a session of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and National Defense of the Chambers of Deputies in Brasilia, Brazil August 21, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File Photo

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Eduardo Bolsonaro, will meet U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday, he said on Thursday in Brasilia.

Eduardo Bolsonaro will be appointed by his father as the new Brazilian ambassador to the United States, but his name has not been sent to the Senate for voting and confirmation.

Eduardo will travel Thursday evening to Washington with Brazil’s Foreign Minister Eduardo Araújo, he said. “We’ll talk about the Amazon region and the G7 meeting. Trump is very informal, as my father is. We’ll certainly talk about these issues”.

The president’s son, a congressman, said he will thank the U.S. president for defending Brazil during the last G7 meeting over the fires in the Amazon rainforest. Earlier on Thursday, President Bolsonaro also thanked Trump for his support.

Eduardo’s nomination was not yet sent to the Brazilian Senate, but he said he will start talking to senators and that he has the U.S. backing for the post. “It’s clear that we have a good relationship with the White House,” he told reporters.

Brazil’s government is not sure it has the Senate votes required to seal Eduardo Bolsonaro’s nomination, as many senators object to the president putting his son forward for one of the country’s most important diplomatic jobs.

Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu; Writing by Tatiana Bautzer; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Lisa Shumaker

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