Since the beginning of the election campaign in the U.S. — which culminated in the victory of challenger Joe Biden — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has made several attacks toward the Democratic president-elect. The most recent of these occurred on Tuesday, when Mr. Bolsonaro used a threatening tone toward the future occupant of the White House — despite not having publicly recognized the defeat of incumbent president and ally Donald Trump.
“Recently, we witnessed a major candidate for head of state saying that, if I don’t stop fires in the Amazon, he will raise trade barriers against Brazil. And how can we face that? Diplomacy alone is not enough. […] When the saliva runs out, there must be gunpowder.”