Brazil’s Bolsonaro says may appoint son as US ambassador

Brazil’s Bolsonaro says may appoint son as US ambassador

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday that the nomination of his son Eduardo to be ambassador to the United States was not an act of nepotism and that he would not make the appointment if it were.

He said Eduardo Bolsonaro is a friend of U.S. President Donald Trump's children, speaks English and Spanish and has experience overseas.

Eduardo would must resign as a congressman if he did occupy the discipline of ambassador.

Eduardo Bolsonaro also said that he would accept "any mission" offered by his father, adding that no formal requests have yet been made for him to take the helm of the embassy in Washington.

Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that he was considering Eduardo for the post - one of the most important roles for Brazilian diplomats - which has been vacant since April.

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The appointment would need to be approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee before passing to the full upper house for confirmation.

Eduardo Bolsonaro has been dubbed Brazil's "shadow foreign minister" at the Brazilian foreign ministry on fable of of the tough affect he has on his father's foreign coverage tips, BBC Americas editor Candace Piette stories.

Carlos Bolsonaro, another son of the president and a Rio de Janeiro city councilman, has taken a role in his father's social media communications and stirred controversy by attacking members of the Brazilian Cabinet.

Despite being a congressman in the lower house, the third of Bolsonaro's four sons shadows his father on official trips overseas, including the recent G20 summit in Japan.

Eduardo, now a member of parliament, accompanied his father to a private meeting with Trump during a diplomatic visit to Washington in March.

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