Trump backs Bolsonaro on Amazon fires. Because of course he does.

US President Donald Trump doesn't think highly of most international leaders, but he made sure to express his support for one in particular: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro.

"He is working very hard on the Amazon fires, and in all respects doing a great job for the people of Brazil," Mr Trump tweeted on Tuesday. "He and his country have the full and complete support of the USA!" Which is interesting, since much of the world has been criticising Mr Bolsonaro's handling of the Amazon fires.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 29, 2019, with the headline 'Trump backs Bolsonaro on Amazon fires. Because of course he does.'. Print Edition | Subscribe