President Jair Bolsonaro (without a party), in a post on social networks this Tuesday (3), cited "interference from other powers" on the U.S. elections results and suggested that the same may occur in the next Brazilian elections. Then, to CNN Brasil, he said he had confidence in Donald Trump's re-election.
Bolsonaro's alliance with Trump is the foundation of his foreign policy, so he surrounded himself with assistants throughout Tuesday to receive evaluations about the electoral scenario in the U.S. He followed the election day in the country with apprehension. His advisers told him to exercise caution during the first reveal of the results, which might face a dispute that will be only settled in the courts.
His assistants told him that a Republican victory was possible, but that Biden was also in a more comfortable position than Hillary Clinton four years ago. Apprehensive, he ordered Minister Ernesto Araújo (Foreign Affairs) to cancel a planned trip to the Amazon with Vice President Hamilton Mourão and foreign ambassadors. He wants his foreign minister close to design a strategy in response to the American electoral result.
Despite expressing confidence with the Republican's possibilities - who ended the campaign behind in the polls -, the Planalto Palace expressed concern over Biden's possible victory throughout the process.
The Democrat has publicly criticized Bolsonaro's environmental policy, and his eventual election would end the Brazilian leader's symbiosis with Trumpism.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon