Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro used his Twitter account Wednesday, to express his displeasure at comments made by Democratic candidate for president Joe Biden during the presidential debate with President Trump during Tuesday’s Sept. 29 presidential debate.
Biden appeared to threaten the Brazilian government with significant economic consequences if it did not stop exploiting the Amazon’s natural resources, Breitbart reported.
While discussing the issue of climate change, Biden said, “Brazil, the rainforests of Brazil are being torn down, are being ripped down. More carbon is absorbed in that rainforest than every bit of carbon that’s emitted in the United States. Instead of doing something about that, I would be gathering up and making sure we had the countries of the world coming up with $20 billion, and say, ‘Here’s $20 billion. Stop, stop tearing down the forest. And If you don’t, then you’re going to have significant economic consequences.”
— Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) September 30, 2020
Bolsonaro was quick to note Biden’s remarks and posted a statement on his Twitter account, making it clear that his administration is not tearing up the jungle, but is rejecting his threats and attempted bribes.
“Joe Biden, stated yesterday that he could pay us as much as US$20 billion to stop the ‘destruction’ of the Amazon Rainforest adding that, if we did not accept this offer, he would then impose serious economic sanctions on our country,” Bolsonaro wrote.
“What some have not yet understood is that Brazil has changed. Its President, unlike the left-wing presidents of the past, does not accept bribes, criminal land demarcations, or coward threats toward our territorial and economic integrity. OUR SOVEREIGNTY IS NON-NEGOTIABLE,” he continued.
Bolsonaro explained that his government is making enormous efforts to protect and safeguard the Amazon rainforest and said he welcomes any cooperation between Brazil and the United States, and there are several initiatives currently in progress with President Trump.
Being an anti-communist reference in a region that for decades has been plagued by socialist and communist governments, Bolsonaro has faced more than one disinformation campaign to stain his image.
In August 2019, a time when forest fires typically occur, the president of France published a photo of the Amazon burning on Twitter saying, “Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon, the lung of our planet that produces 20 percent of our oxygen, is on fire. It is an international crisis. Members of the G7, meet with me in two days to discuss this emergency.”
It later became known that the photo was from 16 years earlier.
However, celebrities worldwide and several world leaders pressured Bolsonaro, while he saw it as an attempt to interfere with his country’s sovereignty.
“The greed of some countries toward the Amazon is a well-known fact. However, the explicit demonstration of this greed by someone who is running for the presidency of his country is a clear sign of contempt for cordial and fruitful coexistence between two sovereign nations,” declared Bolsonaro referring to Biden’s comments.
“Shame on you, Mr. Joe Biden, shame on you,” concluded Bolsonaro.