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Bolsonaro eyes own son, friend of Trump’s children, for US ambassador

He has formed ties with Trump’s former strategist Steve Bannon and joined his global right-wing group called The Movement – he previously declared to having “the same world view” as Bannon. He is an ardent defender of the US National Rifle Association and the right to carry arms in Brazil.

He is also seen as Brazil’s shadow foreign minister, for example sitting in on his father’s meeting with Trump.

In an interview following his father’s comments, Eduardo, a former policeman, said a formal decision would be announced in the next few days.

“I’m the President’s son, I speak English, those credentials somewhat qualify me for the job,” he told reporters in Brasilia.

The President has often been referred to as the Trump of the Tropics, with his right-wing nationalism, tendency to speak off-the-cuff, and use of social media to bypass traditional news outlets.

US President Donald Trump, left, meets with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, right, during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka.

US President Donald Trump, left, meets with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, right, during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka.Credit:AP

His main foreign policy objective thus far has been to draw closer to Trump’s administration. Weeks after his March state visit to the US, Brazil’s prior ambassador to the country was relieved of his post.

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Selecting his son to occupy the high-profile post risks outcry over perceived nepotism. Such concerns were voiced months ago when another of his sons was reported to be in the running for a job in his administration.

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