Brazil's Bolsonaro offers his son the post of ambassador in Washington

Bolsonaros and Trump

Bolsonaros and Trump

"He's friends with Donald Trump's children".

The president revealed that he was considering nominating his son, a congressman representing Rio de Janeiro, for the post on Thursday.

Eduardo Bolsonaro, now a federal congressman, told reporters he would accept the role if nominated.

On Friday, Bolsonaro said in a Facebook Live that he "is not concerned" about the criticism he was receiving over the nomination idea.

Despite being a congressman in the lower house, the third of Bolsonaro's four sons shadows his father on official trips overseas, including the recent G20 summit in Japan. The ambassadorship has been vacant since January 1, when Jair Bolsonaro took office.

In Brazil, nomination to any ambassador's position is made by the president, but the candidate must be questioned by the Senate and approved by both the Senate and the House.

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A 2008 Supreme Court decision prohibits Brazilian authorities from nominating close family members to official posts, but the ruling was vague and Bolsonaro's allies argue it doesn't apply in this case.

Though he now serves as the head of the House of Representatives' Foreign Relations Committee, he has never taken an actual diplomatic job before.

The congressman added he had already "fried hamburgers" in the United States and "improved my English" there, the daily Folha de Sao Paulo reported.

During the Brazilian leader's White House visit in March, Trump heaped praise on Eduardo Bolsonaro, who sat by his father during an Oval Office chat while Brazil's foreign minister and ambassador in Washington were nowhere to be seen.

Each the president and his son own a pro-US stance, breaking with Brazil's traditionally more cautious discipline, and Eduardo is overtly pro-Israeli, whereas in the previous Brazil has been cautious no longer to offend Arab countries.

Jair Bolsonaro's son, Eduardo, will have to resign his seat in Brazil's Congress and get senate approval if he is picked to be ambassador to the United States.

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