Ernesto Araújo Defends Bolsonaro's Attacks on The Press and Says It Is The President's 'Style'

In an interview with radio show Jovem Pan, the foriegn minister commented on the president's attitude toward the press

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ernesto Araújo, defended on Monday (1st) the attitude of President Jair Bolsonaro (without a party), who last week told reporters to shove cans of condensed milk up their behind when asked about the federal government spending of R$ 1.8 billion on food and beverages in 2020.

During an interview with Jovem Pan radio's Morning Show program, Ernesto said it is "the president's style." The minister was with Bolsonaro at the steakhouse on January 27 when the president attacked journalists.

BRASILIA, DF, BRASIL, 12-01-202: President Jair Bolsonaro at the Planalto Palace. (Foto: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress, PODER) - Folhapress

Questioned on the program, he said that he did not find the president "childish." In fact, he laughed after Bolsonaro's speech and endorsed the shouts of "MI-TO! (MYTH!)"- Bolsonaro's nickname.

"What I see is that a large part of the press works against the country. And the press needs to hear it in different ways," he continued. He said that he thinks it is valid to call attention to the "absolutely deleterious, lying, false role that a good part of the press is playing against national interests."

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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