(Republican Insider) – Just last year, the Biden-appointed director of the Central Intelligence Agency went on to tell Brazilian officials that the country’s president must not undermine confidence in the nation’s electoral system, according to a new report from Reuters.
CIA Director William Burns issued the warning to officials located in Brazil last July during a closed-door meeting between a delegation from the U.S. that was led by Burns and Brazilian officials, sources who are familiar with the event said to Reuters.
According to The Western Journal, “A third source in Washington confirmed to the news agency that the meeting wherein the comments were made did indeed occur. However, according to Reuters, the third source was unsure whether Burns himself delivered the message.”
“Burns was making it clear that elections were not an issue that they should mess with,” one of the sources went on to say, according to the Reuters report. “It wasn’t a lecture, it was a conversation.”
A request for a comment was made concerning this alleged warning, but neither the CIA nor Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s office responded.
“Burns is the highest-ranking U.S. official from the Biden administration to have visited Brazil thus far. The CIA director’s alleged comments stand as an anomaly, for CIA directors generally refrain from making political statements, according to Reuters,” the WJ report said.
The elections to be held later this year, in October, pose a very difficult challenge for Bolsonaro, who is right-wing and is seeking a second term in office.
There are several issues and policies from his administration that have left him unpopular with voters, including his position on the Amazon rainforest, the poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and economic issues that were brought about by COVID.
All of these problems combined together have made the road to a second term rather bumpy for Bonsonaro.
Polling that was recently conducted by PoderData revealed that Bolsonaro is lagging behind left-wing progressive opponent Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
A total of 35 percent of individuals who responded to the survey stated they’d vote for Bonsonaro, while a whopping 40 percent revealed that they would cast a ballot for Lula, according to a report from U.S. News & World Report.
“For a country that came out of military dictatorship in 1985, the months leading to the elections remain a tense time. Adding to the tension are Bolsonaro’s past statements, in which he suggested that he would not accept the upcoming election’s results, casting doubts on the authenticity of the country’s electronic voting systems, according to Reuters,” the WJ reported.
Bolsonaro, a man who has expressed a strong liking for the former military dictatorship of Brazil, suggested just a week ago that the country’s military should carry out a count of election ballots parallel to the official count, a news service said in its report.
“On Tuesday, Brazil’s Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) and the European Union confirmed to Reuters that the country has withdrawn its invitation for EU observers to monitor its upcoming elections after objections from Bolsonaro,” the report added.
“In March, the EU was invited by the TSE to send an observation mission to Brazil, EU spokesman Peter Stano said, according to Reuters. ‘However, the TSE has since advised us that they will not pursue their request from March, due to reservations expressed by the Brazilian government,'” the report revealed.
“Under these circumstances, we will not send an exploratory mission to Brazil to assess a possible EU observer mission,” Stano went on to say.
However, the Organization of American States and the parliament of South American trade bloc Mercosur will be sending their own observers to watch over Brazil’s selections, the TSE has confirmed, according to reports published by Reuters.
The United States based Carter Center, along with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems have both been invited to observe the polls.
“While the TSE has disinvited the EU from sending an observation mission, there is still leeway for the country’s Senate to bypass the TSE and invite an EU observation mission, local outlet The Brazilian Report reported,” the Western Journal said in conclusion.
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