Steve Bannon: Brazil's Vice-President Is "Useless And Unpleasant"

Former White House official also said that corruption accusations against Flávio Bolsonaro are "part of the cultural marxism war"

Thais Bilenky
Brasília

Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has been paying close attention to what happens outside the United States, especially in Brazil.

Last week, he appointed Brazilian House Representative Eduardo Bolsonaro (PSL-SP) as a spokesperson in Brazil for his new project, called The Movement, a network of political parties and politicians aligned with radical right-wing ideas, as well as populism and nationalism. Bannon called both Eduardo, one of president Jair Bolsonaro's four sons, and the captain (as Bannon calls the president) "extraordinary people," during a phone call on Sunday (3rd).

Former White House Chief Strategist US Steve Bannon delivers a speech during an anti-immigration meeting organized by a far-right party in Brussels on December 8, 2018. - AFP

But Bannon doesn't seem to be as pleased with vice-president Hamilton Mourão (PRTB). "He is unpleasant and steps out of line," he said. "As far as I know, president Bolsonaro didn't give him many responsibilities, and it looks like it was a wise decision." Some people inside the administration, connected to Eduardo and his brothers, share his views. 

Bannon also defended Bolsonaro's oldest son, senator Flávio Bolsonaro, currently under investigation for corruption. According to Bannon, the inquiry is part of the cultural Marxism movement's war against the family.

Bannon also weighed in on Donald Trump. He thinks Trump's reelection will be unlikely unless the US president builds his promised wall along the southern frontier with Mexico.

Translated by NATASHA MADOV

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