Bolsonaro says he may nominate son as USA ambassador

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro salutes during the swearing-in ceremony for the newly-named Secretary of Government Army General Luiz Eduardo Ramos at the Planalto Presidential Palace in Brasilia Brazil Thursday

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has confirmed that he was considering appointing his son, federal representative Eduardo Bolsonaro, as the ambassador to the US. "He's friends with Donald Trump's children".

"I think he can be appropriate for this position and handle matters in Washington in a better way", the news agency Xinhua quoted the president on Thursday as saying.

"I chair the foreign affairs committee [in the House of Deputies], and I have worldly experience", Eduardo Bolsonaro said after meeting Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo.

Despite being a congressman in the lower house, the third of Bolsonaro's four sons shadows his father on official trips overseas, including the recent G20 summit in Japan.

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 file photo, lawmaker Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, left, takes a "selfie" during a swearing-in ceremony, at the National Assembly in Brasilia, Brazil. Senate opposition leader Randolfe Rodrigues tweeted: "It's absurd that he's even being considered".

In Brazil, nomination to any ambassador's position is made by the president, but the candidate must be questioned by the Senate and approved by both the Senate and the House. Mr Bolsonaro uses several of his family members as official advisers.

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Though he now serves as the head of the House of Representatives' Foreign Relations Committee, he has never taken an actual diplomatic job before.

Eduardo, now a member of parliament, accompanied his father to a private meeting with Trump during a diplomatic visit to Washington in March.

Mr Bolsonaro used to be elected final one year after a worthwhile marketing campaign he talked about had been impressed by Donald Trump.

The position of ambassador has been vacant since April.

Oliver Stuenkel, an global relations professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation University, says Eduardo Bolsonaro being US ambassador would be indicative of the importance Bolsonaro gives to Brazil's relationship with Washington.

Despite insisting no decision had yet been made, Mr Bolsonaro ticked off a list of his son's qualifications for the post: "My son Eduardo speaks English, he speaks Spanish".

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