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Jair Bolsonaro's son well on his way to becoming Brazil's ambassador to the United States
Eduardo Bolsonaro (left) behind his father (right), November 14, 2018 in Brasilia. SERGIO LIMA / AFP

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro confirmed Friday August 9 that the United States had officially endorsed the appointment of his son Eduardo as ambassador to Washington.

"I am very happy and I am sure that the friendly and commercial links will be strengthened thanks to Eduardo"the head of state said at an improvised press point at the exit of the presidential palace in Brasilia.

"I do not think that's nepotism."

Brazil has received American authorities a  «Â Agra © ment", a sort of prior authorization that now allows the Brazilian president to formally appoint his 35-year-old son ambassador. But for Eduardo Bolsonaro, currently a deputy, to obtain this prestigious post, his appointment must be approved by the Senate. "We are not in a hurry (to send the nomination to the Senate), we are calm"said the head of state, who said last week that he had "Certainty" that the upper house would welcome this appointment.

President Bolsonaro also revealed that his American counterpart, Donald Trump, had sent a letter "Personal, handwritten" approving the appointment of his 35-year-old son. On July 30, Mr. Trump had already stated that Eduardo Bolsonaro's installation in Washington would be "A very beautiful appointment", qualifying the latter  " remarkable". "I do not think that's nepotism.", added the American president, who counts his daughter Ivanka and his kind Jared Kushner as close advisers.

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A year-long exchange in 2004

Eduardo Bolsonaro defended his legitimacy for the post in mid-July, after having received many criticisms. "I've already participated in trade, I've already cooked hamburgers" in the United States, he told reporters.

A law graduate, he participated in 2004-2005 in the United States in a biannual exchange program. Work Experience, according to his curriculum vitae visible on the website of the Chamber of Deputies.

The deputy, who ensures an active role of intermediary between the government of his father and the representatives of the world neo-conservative fringe, had revealed in March on Twitter that he had worked during his youth  € œTo dive with Mexicans and Peruvians in a kitchen surrounded by snow in Maine and Coloradoâ €.

Eduardo Bolsonaro was the only Brazilian representative to participate in March with his father in a private meeting with Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House, even as the Brazilian minister Foreign Affairs, Ernesto Araujo, was part of the trip.

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