Tuesday, August 20th, 2019
President Jair Bolsonaro: Father Valdivino Borges Junior at
9am. Juruá Valley Musical Conservatory at 10am. Marcos Pontes, Minister of
State for Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications at 11am. Gilson
Machado, President of the Brazilian Institute of Tourism - Embratur at 12pm.
Bruno Dantas, Minister of the Federal Court of Audit - TCU at 2pm. IPCA Launch
Ceremony for Real Estate Credit at 4pm.
Araújo: Ambassador Marisol
Argueta at 10am. Meeting with the Presiding Board of the Mercosur Parliament
(Parlasul) at 11am. Order with the Secretary General of Foreign Affairs,
Ambassador Otávio Brandelli at 3:15pm. Internal orders at 4pm. Congressman
Felipe Francischini at 5pm.
indicates Eduardo Bolsonaro to seven votes of US embassy:
Survey of a
government ally in the Senate indicates that
Eduardo Bolsonaro (PSL-RJ) is
seven votes from the plenary approval for Brazil's ambassador to the US. That
would be the number that separates the son from the president of the majority
in the House.
Of the 21
senators who preach renewal in the Senate, the majority, one member of the
group says, is opposed to Eduardo's appointment . This wing preaches that the
appointment is an act of nepotism. (2019/08/20 - Folha)
don't want to subject my son to failure,' says Bolsonaro of Eduardo's
A day after
Estadão newspaper reports that 29 senators resist Eduardo Bolsonaro's
appointment to the Brazilian embassy in Washington, President Jair Bolsonaro
has admitted the possibility of giving up his son's appointment and said he
does not want to subject Eduardo "to failure" in the US. Senate.
want to subject my son to failure. I think he has competence. But anything can
happen, dear fellow. We may be living together tomorrow, it may happen,"
the president said when asked about the difficulties that the child had.
nomination faces in the Senate.
to the press when leaving the Dawn Palace on the morning of Tuesday, 20. On
Monday, the state showed that of the 81 senators, 29 responded that they intend
to vote against the name of the president's "son 03" , before 15 who
said they were in favor. Another 36
declined to respond (29) or expressed themselves as undecided (7).
informal surveys showing that Eduardo would be seven votes for Senate plenary
approval, Bolsonaro replied that the number represents "damn vote".
"I've seen people say a lot of things without foot or head. Bolsonaro's
son is flying a Boeing ... I don't understand. Nepotism ... If he is not my
son, he will be someone's son," he repeated.
nomination created a "war of opinions" in the Senate. After the
release of a document prepared by the House's legislative consultancy that
points to nepotism in the possible appointment, another opinion, also from
consultants, states the opposite: the appointment would not constitute improper
favor of a relative by the President of the Republic.
On the contrary
opinion, Bolsonaro said that the consultancies act in the interest of the
parliamentarian. "There is a political bias to this issue. What counts for
me is the summary of the Supreme Court that says it is not nepotism," said
the president. He reasoned that "if the Senate wants to reject Eduardo's
name, it is his right." (2019/08/20 - Estadão)
Araújo says he has no illusions that Kirchnerism 2.0 is different from 1.0:
In an interview
with the Argentinean newspaper Clarín published Monday, Chancellor Ernesto
Araújo said he had "no illusions that Kirchnerism 2.0 is different from
Ernesto, the economic "guise of rationality" that opposition
candidate for the presidency of Argentina Alberto Fernández has shown in recent interviews would be just
a set of slogans that would not differ from his true Peronist past. However,
the chancellor did not detail the candidate's past situations to illustrate his
Known for his
conciliatory posture, Fernández is a long-running Peronist - he worked under
Carlos Menem's government (1989 - 1999), was one of the most important figures
of the administration Nestor Kirchner (2003 - 2007) and later chief of staff in
Cristina's first administration. Kirchner
But he became a
critic of the government and turned away from the then-mandatary. Before
launching his candidacy for president, Fernández tried to create a middle way
within Peronism without success. Nevertheless, he was known for establishing
dialogue between different currents in government and Congress, which earned
him a reputation as a moderate.
minister of the Brazilian government compared Alberto Fernández to a matrioska,
a Russian handmade toy characterized by bringing together a series of dolls of
varying sizes placed inside one another.
Alberto Fernández. You open it and find Cristina Kirchner, open it and find
Lula, and then Chavez."
that the Brazilian government will not accept the reversal of Mercosur to the
state that, according to him, was during the Lula and Dilma governments in
Brazil, and Nestor and Cristina Kirchner in Argentina: a "center of
political coordination" without economic results.
criticized Fernández and his deputy, Cristina Kirchner, for using Mercosur
"for ideological purposes".
the shadow of a Mercosur in which there was no domestic trade, in which, during
the Kirchner administration, Argentina placed very high barriers on Brazilian
products, violating the free trade commitment and being tolerated by previous
Brazilian governments to the detriment of our interest. , but in the name of an
ideological project linked to the São Paulo Forum, of which these governments
were part. "
Such a link would
be one of the reasons why the Bolsonaro administration considered leaving
Mercosur shortly after the election victory and before the inauguration. The
other would be the alleged blockade of the bloc to negotiations on the
agreement with the European Union, which dragged on for decades until the pact
was signed this year, already under the current administration of the Brazilian
Fernández said he did not intend to close the Argentine economy if elected,
Ernesto said such a statement did not dispel the concerns of the Brazilian
government, and that one would have to consider the candidate's political past
to get an idea of what he really intended to do - but He did not mention
situations that illustrated his argument.
Bolsonaro's idea is, together with Argentine President Mauricio Macri, to build
a Mercosur that actively negotiates with the rest of the world, both in
relation to the trade agreement already signed with the European Union and the
prospect of negotiating with the U.S. The work would take place on the basis of
a common "openness, competitiveness" vision of the two
compared Fernández negatively to Lula, who would have created a country
"with problems of corruption, economic stagnation, and an economy that
cannot provide jobs for Brazilians."
said that there is no dialogue with the opposition candidate for two reasons.
First, because it considered Fernández's visit to Lula in prison "very
complicated", which would have been offensive against the institutions and
the Brazilian judicial process because citizens mobilized to support Lava Jato
investigations. Second, because Fernández called Bolsonaro a racist .
Asked if it
would be possible to stop the escalation of offenses, he said that "no one
wants" this escalation. (2019/08/20 - Folha)