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Democrats want U.S. to pull military aid to Brazil if Bolsonaro challenges election

Fearing that Jair Bolsonaro is capable of convulsing Brazil's electoral process, U.S. lawmakers want to send a message to the far-right leader

President Jair Bolsonaro greets Admiral Craig S. Faller, the former head of the U.S. Southern Command, during a 2020 visit to Florida. Photo: Juan Chiari/U.S. Army Garrison-Miami military
President Jair Bolsonaro greets Admiral Craig S. Faller, the former head of the U.S. Southern Command, during a 2020 visit to Florida. Photo: Juan Chiari/U.S. Army Garrison-Miami

U.S. Congressman Tom Malinowski of New Jersey and five other Democrat lawmakers submitted an amendment to the U.S. national defense budget that makes continuation of military aid to Brazil contingent on the Brazilian Armed Forces’ non-interference in this year’s general elections.

Amendment 893 to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 was submitted on Tuesday, but the House has yet to make its final decision on the budget.

The move is a symbolic stance against Jair Bolsonaro’s multiple threats to challenge the electoral results should he lose to former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in...

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