Bolsonaro ratifies Trump-era accord ahead of Biden meeting

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Jair Bolsonaro and Donald Trump during the Brazilian president’s 2019 visit to the White House. Photo: Alan Santos/PR

On the day Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is set to meet with his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden for the first time, his government published the ratification of an economic cooperation agreement struck during the presidency of Donald Trump, Mr. Biden’s predecessor.

Messrs. Bolsonaro and Biden will meet today on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. The mood between the two is less than ideal, furthered by today’s decision to ratify the Trump-era deal.

As recently as Tuesday, Mr. Bolsonaro once again cast doubts over the legitimacy of Mr. Biden’s 2020 electoral win against Donald Trump — using it for his own agenda of sowing distrust in Brazil’s own voting system.

Brazil’s Foreign Affairs Ministry told Brasília contributor Cedê Silva that the two presidents will discuss a broad range of issues, but that Mr. Bolsonaro wants to pay special attention to the impacts of the war in Ukraine on fertilizers supplies and food security.

However, prickly issues — such as Amazon deforestation and the disappearance of British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira — are sure to be brought up, much to Mr. Bolsonaro’s chagrin.