The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, reacted in a veiled way to a warning from the president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, about the destruction of the Amazon and stated that “when the saliva ends, you have to have gunpowder.
“We recently saw a great candidate for head of state saying that if I don’t turn off the Amazon fire it is going to raise trade barriers against Brazil. How are we going to deal with all of that? “He asked without directly mentioning Biden.
“Diplomacy is not enough. When the saliva ends, there must be gunpowder. You don’t even need to use gunpowder, but you have to know that there is,” added Bolsonaro, an ally of Donald Trump and one of the few leaders who has not congratulated Democrat Biden after the projected victory in the United States elections.
During his pronouncement at an official act in Brasilia, in which he once again defended sovereignty over the Amazon, Bolsonaro did not elaborate on the statement made by Biden in the election campaign and did not offer further details on the matter.
Sanctions on Brazil
In the first debate with Donald Trump on September 30, Biden said that Brazil had to put an end to the “destruction” of the Amazon because otherwise it would have to face “economic consequences significant “.
He also announced that he would talk with other countries to offer the Bolsonaro government the sum of 20,000 million dollars in order to end the deforestationn.
At that time, the Brazilian president reacted immediately and warned that he “did not accept” bribes, criminal demarcations or unfounded threats. “He also affirmed then that” some do not understand that Brazil has changed, “that the sovereignty of the country “is non-negotiable“and called Biden’s statement” regrettable. “
A long wait
Bolsonaro, leader of a far-right ideologically alienated with Trump, expressed throughout the electoral process his desire for the president to be reelected and has remained silent on the biden win.
Bolsonaro’s position in relation to the elections in the United States is similar to that adopted by powers such as Russia or China, or by a few Latin American countries, like Mexico.
These nations have chosen to wait for the result of the actions promoted by Donald Trump to challenge the results as a result of their allegations of alleged fraud in the process.
The US president has not yet recognized his defeat, very clear in all the projections made by the US media, which have historically been accepted in a country that does not have a electoral courts.