US Formally Endorses of Eduardo Bolsonaro's Nomination as Ambassador

US government informed Itamaraty on Thursday that it favors the appointment of the president's son

MARINA DIAS
Washington

The Brazilian government said on Thursday that the United States had endorsed the appointment of Eduardo Bolsonaro (PSL-SP) as ambassador in Washington.

The agrément request - as the consultation by Itamaraty is called - was sent in late July to the US Department of State, which gave Brazil a positive return after about two weeks. Copies of the agreement followed from Washington to the presidential international advisory office and Itamaraty in Brasilia.

Eduardo Bolsonaro (PSL-SP) Foto: Michel Jesus/Câmara dos Deputados

Minister Ernesto Araújo (Foreign Relations) has been informed of the American endorsement, and now President Jair Bolsonaro must formally nominate his youngest son for the post.

Eduardo's name will still be submitted for Senate approval. The House Foreign Relations Committee will vote on his appointment, and then he needs to have the majority of the senators' 81 votes in plenary.

Historically the request for agrément was treated confidentially among governments to avoid any embarrassment if a particular country rejected the nominee.

In Eduardo's case, however, Bolsonaro innovated and spoke publicly about intending to nominate his son to the US embassy before even sending the consultation to Donald Trump's government.

Last week, the president praised Eduardo's appointment as ambassador to Washington and said he did not consider the movement nepotism, as Bolsonaro's opponents claim.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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