Brazilian VP backs Bolsonaro's son as US ambassador

Brazilian VP backs Bolsonaro's son as US ambassador
FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 file photo, lawmaker Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, left, takes a "selfie" during a swearing-in ceremony, at the National Assembly in Brasilia, Brazil. 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, July 11, 2019, that nominating his son is, in his words, “something on my radar. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s vice president says he would support President Jair Bolsonaro if he decides to nominate his son to be ambassador to the United States.

Vice President Hamilton Mourao said Monday that he believed Eduardo Bolsonaro met the country’s legal requirements for the job and he didn’t see “any problems.”

Critics have accused the president of nepotism and questioned his son’s qualifications for one of Brazil’s most important diplomatic postings. Eduardo Bolsonaro currently serves as a congressman.

The previous U.S. ambassador left the position on June 3.

In a bid to alleviate tensions around Brazil’s commitment to fight climate change, Mourao also stressed at a rare meeting with foreign correspondents that the country would preserve its biodiversity and remain part of the Paris agreement.