Court summons Bolsonaro to explain his son's ambassador appointment

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his son Eduardo

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his son Eduardo

A judge has summoned the Brazilian president to explain the possible appointment of his son, MP Eduardo Bolsonaro, as Brazil's ambassador to the United States.

Judge André Jackson Maurício Júnior (Bahia's 1st Federal Civil Court) summoned Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to explain the possible appointment of his son, MP Eduardo Bolsonaro (PSL-RJ), as Brazil's ambassador to the US. According to the website of Brazilian magazine Valor Economico, the president's son has also been notified.

The order was signed on Monday as part of a complaint filed by MP Jorge Solla (PT-BA) to ascertain whether Eduardo Bolsonaro's appointment violates nepotism laws. Jorge Solla argues that Eduardo's appointment as ambassador to the US is an attempt by Bolsonaro to "personally promote" his third son although he doesn't have the qualifications for the post.

In a public statement, Eduardo Bolsonaro said his qualifications for the job included having been on an exchange program in the US, where he cooked hamburgers in a cafeteria. President Bolsonaro said he will give his son "filet mignon" because the latter has a good relationship with Donald Trump's children.

Trump told reporters on Tuesday that he was unaware of Bolsonaro's intention to appoint Eduardo, but said he is "extraordinary." According to Valor Economico, the appointment must now be confirmed by the Brazilian Federal Senate.

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