President Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) called the US$ 20 million offered to Amazon states by G7 countries a handout.
"We had a meeting on Tuesday (27) with the governors of the Amazon region. And there only one spoke of money, that alms offered by the Macron. Brazil is worth much more than $ 20 million," said Bolsonaro, in his live-stream on social media.
Macron announced the aid on Monday (26). With the wave of fires in the Amazon, he has criticized President Bolsonaro in a full-blown diplomatic crisis.
The Planalto Palace even reported that Brazil would reject the offer. However, Bolsonaro later said he would only accept it if Macron apologized for saying that the Brazilian representative lied and retracted his proposal to discuss an international statute for the Amazon rainforest.
Despite the struggle over the G7's money, Brazil has accepted international aid from other partners. These include £ 10 million in aid proposed by the United Kingdom.
During the live video, Bolsonaro again argued that foreign countries are "buying Brazil on installment."
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon