Former President Donald Trump praised Jair Bolsonaro’s performance in a closely watched presidential election in Brazil on Sunday, predicting that the “Trump of the tropics” is poised to win another term in a runoff election on Oct. 1. 30
Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva, a left-wing candidate and former president, had a slim lead over Bolsonaro, the right-wing incumbent, but fell short of the 50% threshold needed to win outright.
Trump said Bolsonaro will be able to consolidate support after topping the polls ahead of the election.
“Now that other conservatives are out of the race, President Bolsonaro is in a very strong position to win BIG. More importantly, he will emerge victorious because the wonderful people of Brazil appreciate the great work he has done and is doing,” Trump wrote on Truth Social, the platform he launched after being banned from Twitter.
Bolsonaro and Trump forged a close relationship after the Brazilian leader appeared to embrace the American’s strident rhetoric and populist posturing.
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