Skip to main content

Bolsonaro: I 'admire' Trump

Jair Bolsonaro won 46 percent of votes in the first round of Brazil's presidential election
Jair Bolsonaro won 46 percent of votes in the first round of Brazil's presidential election Jair Bolsonaro won 46 percent of votes in the first round of Brazil's presidential election AFP
ADVERTISING

Rio de Janeiro (AFP)

Jair Bolsonaro, the favorite to win the second round of Brazil's presidential elections, on Thursday declared himself an "admirer" of US President Donald Trump.

Speaking during his first news conference since securing 46 percent of the vote in Sunday's first round -- trailed by leftist Fernando Haddad, who took 29 percent -- populist Bolsonaro also denied being a far-right leader.

"I'm not far-right. Point to me an act of mine that is far-right," he said.

"When I spoke of the migration question, it's because we can't have a country with open borders," he added, a point echoing Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric.

"I'm an admirer of President Trump. He wants a great United States -- I want a great Brazil."

Bolsonaro's detractors highlight his contentious past comments demeaning women and gay people, and speaking in favor of torture and Brazil's 1964-1985 military dictatorship.

This page is not available

The page no longer exists or did not exist at all. Please check the address or use the links below to access the requested content.