Bolsonaro says he works with Donald Trump to “restore democracy” in Venezuela
The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has assured that his government is working with the Administration of US President Donald Trump to “restore democracy” in Venezuela.
During the visit of the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, to the country, Bolsonaro wanted to convey his congratulations to Trump for the “determination” shown together with Brazil and other countries to “achieve democracy” in the Caribbean country.
In this sense, he has underlined the union of the two countries “in search of a common good” in the region, according to information from the newspaper ‘El Universal’.
His words came after Pompeo signaled from the border state of Roraima that the mission of the United States is “to ensure democracy” in Venezuela. Currently the head of US diplomacy is on a tour of Latin America with the aim of increasing pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.
However, his words have met with criticism from numerous Brazilian politicians and parliamentarians, including former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rodrigo Maia, who have described his comments as an “attack” and “A lack of respect” for the sovereignty of Brazil.
Pompeo, for his part, has defended himself and assured that the criticisms leveled against him are based on “insufficient information” and “misinterpretations.” Brazil is the third country that Pompeo visits in the final stretch of the campaign for the presidential elections on November 3 in the United States.
There he met with the Brazilian Foreign Minister, Ernesto Araújo, where they held a closed-door meeting on economics and politics.