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Lack of U.S. trust in Brazil holds up Amazon deal

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A lack of trust is creating a stalemate in negotiations between the United States and Brazil over preserving the Amazon. Representatives of President Joe Biden's administration want the government of President Jair Bolsonaro to present concrete results towards the goal of zero illegal deforestation by 2030, before distributing financial resources. The Brazilian government wants the money on the table immediately.

Another ingredient of this kind of tug-of-war in the meetings between representatives of the two governments is the model of the agreement. A State Department official told Brazilian journalists that the U.S . . .

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