The US ambassador to Brazil, Todd Chapman, defended Congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro (PSL-SP) after criticism by US Congressman Eliot Engel, president of the US House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee. To the newspaper O Globo, the ambassador said that the Brazilian parliamentarian was exercising his freedom of expression.
“I am a great advocate of freedom of expression. And everyone has the ability to speak to whomever they are for and against as they wish, and I will not tell anyone that they should not speak well or badly about my president,” said Chapman as he was questioned by the newspaper about whether the parliamentarian’s support is harmful to Brazil-US relations.
Last Monday (27), Engel shared a publication made by Eduardo Bolsonaro in support of President Donald Trump, who is seeking re-election this year. The chairman of the U.S. House of Foreign Affairs Commission then wrote: “We have seen this tactic before. It is shameful and unacceptable. The Bolsonaro family needs to stay out of the United States elections.”
In response, Eduardo Bolsonaro published on Tuesday (28) on his Twitter: “Is the problem that I have an opinion on the elections in the USA? Or is it supporting Donald Trump?”.
The parliamentarian also pointed out that “freedom of expression is in danger in everyone”. “More and more puppies of dictators get their wings out. The luck of US colleague Eliot Engel is that I am not a leftist, otherwise this post would be reduced to the insult of xenophobic. I am guided by reason, not politically correct” , wrote.