One Day after Saying He May Have Skin Cancer, Bolsonaro Accuses Press of Fake News

After taking exams and talking about 'possible skin cancer', president calls it a lie

A day after claiming that he may have skin cancer, President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday (12) in his weekly live on social media that the press made fake news about the case.

"There was fake news about me having cancer. This morning there should be a video around, as I always talk to the press, today the press prepared the first question, and I said 'I won't answer anything because you said that I have cancer, I'm going home," he said. "It's a lie over a lie," he said.

This Wednesday (11), the president told reporters at the Dawn Palace that he had the possibility of having a skin cancer after undergoing examinations at the Brazilian Air Force Hospital in Brasilia.

"I have fair skin; I fished a lot in my life. I like activity a lot, so the possibility of skin cancer exists," he said.

The president could not explain what kind of examination he underwent. "I don't know if they are going to do a biopsy, they poked me, they pierced me, they gave me anesthesia. I slept. I was so tired I lay on the stretcher and slept," Bolsonaro said.

"It is possibly skin cancer. They checked me. Even I don't ask, they often call me and I go there. I don't own myself on many issues," he added.

On Thursday, Planalto Palace said the president had face and ear injuries removed for examination. The note issued made no mention of the possibility of cancer raised by Bolsonaro.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon