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Brazil: Bolsonaro says he may nominate son as US ambassador

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he’s considering nominating his son Eduardo to be ambassador to the United States.

Bolsonaro said at a news conference Thursday that nominating his son is, in his words, “something on my radar. Yes, it’s possible.”

He said Eduardo Bolsonaro is a friend of U.S. President Donald Trump’s children, speaks English and Spanish and has experience abroad.

The president said the nomination “would be the perfect message to Washington.”

The nomination would have to be confirmed by the Senate, and critics are complaining it would violate laws against nepotism. They also argue he’s not qualified.

Eduardo Bolsonaro currently is a congressman. The ambassadorship has been vacant since Jan. 1, when Jair Bolsonaro took office.

The Associated Press