The far-right Brazilian leader hit back at Biden, saying Brazil would not accept “cowardly threats to our territorial and economic integrity.”
“As the head of state who has brought Brazil-US relations closer than ever, after decades of hostile governments to the US, it is truly difficult to understand such a disastrous and unnecessary statement,” Bolsonaro wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
“What a shame, Mr. John Biden! Too bad! He added, confusing the first name of the former vice-president in the English version of his tweet.
– Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) September 30, 2020
The Brazilian leader has insisted on the region’s economic development, drawing condemnation from environmentalists, climatologists and foreign leaders who say the forest is an important carbon sink and must remain upright to meet international climate change targets. .
Bolsonaro said Brazil is taking action against deforestation and reaffirmed that it sees foreign interest in the Amazon as a financial motivation and an attempt to undermine Brazilian sovereignty.
“The greed of some countries towards the Amazon is a well-known fact,” Bolsonaro said.
“However, the explicit demonstration of this greed by someone running for president of their country is a clear sign of contempt for the cordial and fruitful coexistence between two sovereign nations.”
‘Stop cutting down the forest’
In the November US election, Biden challenges Republican President Trump. Bolsonaro openly admires Trump and has sought to ally Brazil with the Trump administration, with the two leaders seeking to deepen trade ties.
During Tuesday’s heated debate, Biden said Brazil provided an example of how Trump “has nothing to do with foreign policy.”
“Brazil’s rainforests are being destroyed,” Biden said.
“Do you want to shut up, man.
Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Donald Trump clashed in heated exchanges over COVID-19, healthcare, taxes and #BlackLivesMatter protestations.
– Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) September 30, 2020
“I would pull together and make sure the countries of the world provide $ 20 billion, and say, ‘Here is $ 20 billion. Stop demolishing the forest. And if you don’t, you will have significant economic consequences. ”
Bolsonaro, who took office in January 2019, presided over a wave of deforestation in the world’s largest rainforest.
Official data shows that an area roughly the size of Lebanon was deforested in the Brazilian Amazon in 2019, a peak in 11 years, with preliminary government data for 2020 showing forest clearing up 34.5 %.
Bolsonaro’s right-wing government maintains that Brazil is a model of conservation due to the size of the forest land still standing.
Brazil has said repeatedly that the world would have to pay if it wanted more forests to be preserved.
Brazilian Environment Minister Ricardo Salles reacted on Twitter to Biden’s funding offer, writing: “Just one question: Biden’s $ 20 billion aid, is it annual?”