The Brazilian President Jair Bolsonarodenied asking his US counterpart, Joe Biden, for help with his re-election bid during a private meeting they held on the sidelines of a regional summit last week.
“There is no such thing,” Bolsonaro told local radio on Monday when asked if he had asked Biden for help. “It’s speculation; We talked about various topics.”
During their first bilateral meeting on June 9, Bolsonaro called the front-runner in this year’s elections, former leftist President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a danger to US interests in the country, Bloomberg News reported on June 11. citing people familiar with the matter.
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Following Bolsonaro’s request for help, Biden changed the subject of the conversation, said one of the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the conversation was private.
During the radio interview, Bolsonaro said that what was discussed behind closed doors is private and will not be disclosed by him or by his foreign minister, Carlos Franca..
The meeting, which lasted nearly an hour, was held largely in private during the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. Later, Bolsonaro told reporters that he and Biden “talked superficially” about the election, describing the encounter as “sensational”. In public remarks at the start of their meeting, Biden said Brazil has a vibrant and inclusive democracy and strong electoral institutions.
The Brazilian president has called into question the country’s electoral system on numerous occasions, saying that its electronic ballots are subject to fraud.
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