President Trump made an offer of assistance to the Brazilian president on Friday if the South American nation's government needed help curb massive forest fires in the Amazon rainforest.
Trump tweeted that he had spoken to President Jair Bolsonaro and touted "very exciting" trade prospects between the US and Brazil, adding that the relationship between the two nations was "perhaps stronger than ever".
"I told him if the United States can help with the fires in the Amazon rainforest, we stand ready to help." Trump said on Friday night on Twitter. Bolsonaro tweeted Trump's message again.
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Nearly 40,000 burns burn the Brazilian Amazon rainforest year. The Brazilian National Institute for Space Research recorded a year-on-year increase of 84 percent. Sao Paulo was in the dark for about an hour on Monday afternoon, as a result of the fires at a distance of about 1
On Friday, Bolsonaro announced that the Brazilian forces will intervene to help public safety agencies and public environmental agencies fight against the riots fires. He also warned foreign powers not to interfere in what he saw as domestic affairs.
"The Brazilian Amazon is a heritage of our people that will protect it from the threats of those who harm the forest with illegal acts, and will respond to those who intend to violate our sovereignty," Bolsonaro said.
Trump will travel to Biarritz, France, next week to attend the G7 summit where leaders from seven economies around the world will discuss global economic issues. Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States are members. Climate change is a topic on the agenda.
On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron, the host and chairman of this year's Summit, called on G7 members to discuss Amazon fires this week. Brazil is not a member of the G7 and will not be there.
"Our house is on fire. Literally. The Amazon rainforest – the lung that produces 20 percent of the planet's oxygen – burns, "said Macron. "It's an international crisis, members of the G7 summit, let's talk about this emergency order in two days!"
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Bolsonaro proposed to Macron for his "misguided colonialist mindset" which suggested that Amazon fires at G7 without Representation of Brazil should be discussed.
Her feud was transferred to Friday when Macron issued a statement that Bolsonaro Macron had openly lied at the June summit in Osaka because of his commitment to combating climate change, pollution and environmental degradation. Macron threatened to withdraw French support from a trade agreement with South American nations and the European Union over the dispute.
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Bolsonaro, who has voted against environmental protection guidelines, admitted that his country may not have the resources to cover an area monitor larger than Europe. He suggested that advocacy groups in the Amazon would launch criminal fires to destroy his name, Politico reported.
Reuters reported that Brazilian farmers, although not exactly, were "tacitly" encouraged by Bolsonaro, who claimed that the Amazon should be used for the Brazilian economy. The news agency reported that a so-called "fire day" was planned to show the president that the farmers were eager to work.
Edmund DeMarche of Fox News, Lucia I Suarez Sang, Robert Gearty and Associated Press contributed to this report