High-level Brazilian envoys in US to discuss Amazon fires

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says his son, a congressman and foreign minister are in the United States to discuss possible U.S. aid for Brazil amid devastating fires in the Amazon region.

Bolsonaro said Friday that he had asked U.S. President Donald Trump for “help” and that Trump had said “he couldn’t make a decision without hearing from Brazil.”

The Brazilian leader says son Eduardo and Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo are in the U.S. for a conversation with Trump. Bolsonaro is considering appointing his son to be ambassador to the U.S., though the posting would need to be approved by the upper house of the Brazilian congress.

Trump’s complimentary remarks about Bolsonaro and his handling of the Amazon fires contrast with criticism from French President Emmanuel Macron and some other European leaders.

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