Biden avoids challenging Bolsonaro on Brazil’s upcoming elections and handling of the Amazon

The two heads of state had never met before. They took their seats in a room at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where Biden hosted this summit of Western Hemisphere leaders.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - U.S. President Joe Biden avoided questioning his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro on the upcoming elections in the South American country and the management of the Amazon during the public portion of their meeting Thursday at the Summit of the Americas. Bolsonaro addressed those issues only defensively.

The two heads of state had never met before. They took their seats in a room at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where Biden hosted this summit of Western Hemisphere leaders.

During the public portion of their meeting, Biden praised Brazil's "vibrant and inclusive democracy and strong electoral . . .

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