Bolsonaro Hints that He May Withdraw Son's Nomination as Ambassador

Eduardo Bolsonaro, however, insists that ambassadorship will remain on the table

Gustavo Uribe Bruno Boghossian
Brasília

President Jair Bolsonaro admitted this Tuesday (20) that he may withdraw the nomination of federal deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro (PSL-SP) for the role of ambassador in the United States.

In an interview with journalists, he said he does not want to subject his son to a failed vote. So he will consider withdrawing the nomination if it appears that the Senate will not approve it. 

"You are, for example, you are engaged. The bride is a virgin. Will you be the one who to find out that she is pregnant? Will you refuse the marriage? I don't want to subject my son to this. Anything can happen," said the president when asked if he would withdraw the nomination.

The federal deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro (PSL-SP). (Foto: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress, PODER) - Folhapress

Eduardo Bolsonaro, on the other hand, said the nomination would go forward. He said he has not talked with his father about the possibility of withdrawing the nomination and he will continue to work to have his nomination approved. 

"I haven't had any conversation about this with him. Everything is fine," he declared on Tuesday (20). "I am hopeful and confident." He also said that his father's statement was distorted. "It's trying to make the president look like he is backtracking," he said.

To make the nomination official, Eduardo Bolsonaro must be favored by the Foreign Relations Committee and approved by a majority vote of those present in the Senate plenary vote.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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