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Bolsonaro will finally be honored at a foreign affairs event in Texas on 16 May

Friday, May 10th 2019 - 08:44 UTC
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Bolsonaro canceled a visit to New York where he was to be honored as person of the year by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, after criticism of his past Bolsonaro canceled a visit to New York where he was to be honored as person of the year by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, after criticism of his past

Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro will speak at a foreign affairs event in Texas next week, organizers said, after he cancelled a heavily criticized visit to New York City.

The Brazilian leader will address business and civic leaders on May 16 at an event in Dallas hosted by the area’s branch of the World Affairs Councils of America, the branch said in a statement.

Bolsonaro canceled a visit to New York this month where he was set to be honored as person of the year by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, after criticism of his past racist, homophobic and anti-environment remarks.

The World Affairs Councils of America is a non-profit group that has existed in some form for roughly 100 years with more than 90 affiliates around the United States. They are non-partisan and do not take positions on policy, according to the organization’s website.

“Through events like this, we offer our members the opportunity to hear directly from individuals who hold positions of significance in the world,” Jim Falk, chief executive of the organization’s Dallas/Fort Worth council.

“We look forward to hearing from the president of the largest country in the Southern Hemisphere and the fifth-largest country in the world,” he said in a statement.

Earlier, Bolsonaro said at an event in the Presidential Palace in Brasilia that he was finalizing plans to go to Texas, tentatively for May 16 and 17.

On Monday, Bolsonaro’s official spokesman Otavio Rego Barros said the president had been invited by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, which his office denied.

“Mayor Mike Rawlings did not invite Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro to Dallas,” a spokesman for Rawlings said by email.

“Mayor Rawlings will welcome him to the city, as is customary for the mayor to do for democratically elected presidents of major countries,” he added.

That contrasts with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio who had openly opposed Bolsonaro’s visit to the city, where the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce was to honor him as Person of the Year.

De Blasio on Twitter praised the cancellation, saying the world must stand up to Bolsonaro’s assault on gay rights and the environment.

On Wednesday, Bolsonaro hit back, saying that de Blasio had “incited” the population against him, among the mayor’s other efforts to “sabotage” his visit.

The Brazilian leader visited the White House in March where he played up his admiration of President Donald Trump and their shared disdain for political correctness and “fake news,” as they often call unfavorable press coverage.

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  • Terence Hill

    I see the state department has been busy again.
    The mayor of Dallas, in the United States, is pro-refugees, against guns” Looks like folks are assembling a warm greeting to commemorate his visit, according to this site.
    https://www.conversaafiada.com.br/politica/ele-nao-espera-bolsonaro-no-texas
    On Monday, Bolsonaro’s official spokesman Otavio Rego Barros said the president had been invited by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, which his office denied.
    “Mayor Mike Rawlings did not invite Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro to Dallas,” a spokesman for Rawlings said by email.

    May 10th, 2019 - 12:48 pm 0
  • :o))

    The Mayor probably got richer from the Brazilian Donation which he could have pocketed to send “the Invitation”!

    May 10th, 2019 - 03:40 pm 0
  • Terence Hill

    ”Mr Bolsonaro, who is close to fellow nationalist leaders Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Viktor Orban of Hungary, “has become a pariah who only manages to be warmly welcomed by those presidents who agree with his policies”, said James Green, a professor of Latin American History at Brown University, who is critical of the Brazilian president.
    https://www.ft.com/content/8c607db8-77f2-11e9-be7d-6d846537acab

    May 18th, 2019 - 11:12 pm 0
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