Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro cracked down on US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday after criticizing the destruction of the Amazon rainforest in his first debate with Donald Trump.
“As the head of state who has made ties between Brazil and the US closer than ever after decades of unfriendly governments to the US, it is really difficult to understand such a disastrous and unnecessary statement,” the far-right leader wrote on Twitter.
“What a shame, Mr. John Biden! What a shame!” he added, confusing the former Vice President’s first name in the English version of his tweet.
Biden was checking out Brazil in the debate on Tuesday when he attacked Trump’s record on the environment and foreign policy.
“The rainforests of Brazil are being demolished,” he said.
“I’d gather up and make sure the countries of the world have $ 20 billion and say, ‘Here is $ 20 billion. Stop tearing down the forest. And if you don’t, you will have it.” significant economic consequences. “
Bolsonaro, an admirer of the US president who has been dubbed a “tropical trump card”, retorted that Brazil would not accept “cowardly threats to our territorial and economic integrity”.
“OUR SOVEIGNMENT IS NON-NEGOTIABLE,” he wrote.
“The greed of some countries towards the Amazon is a well-known fact. The explicit demonstration of this greed by someone running for the presidency of their country is, however, a clear sign of contempt for a warm and fruitful coexistence.”
Bolsonaro, who took office in January 2019, has led a wave of deforestation in the world‘s largest rainforest.
Last year, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon rose 85.3 percent to a record area almost the size of Lebanon.
However, the Brazilian head of state defended his government’s “unprecedented action to protect the Amazon and our environment”.