In his first year in office, President Jair Bolsonaro’s foreign policy was marked by a near unwavering alignment with the U.S. The northern ally was so important to the president that at one point he wanted to appoint his son, Congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro, as Brazil’s ambassador to Washington. The move backfired, and President Bolsonaro never went ahead with nominating his son, settling instead for current chargé d’affaires Nestor Forster Jr.
Mr. Forster, however, won’t officially take office until March 2020. His confirmation hearing before the Senate’s Foreign Affairs Committee is only likely to happen at the end of February. If approved by the committee, he’d still have to face a Senate floor vote before being officially confirmed. By that point, the post of Brazilian Ambassador to Washington will have lain vacant for at least 266 days.