WASHINGTON – Elected President of the United States, Democrat Joe Biden, has appointed Juan Gonzalez as senior director for the Western Hemisphere of the National Security Council. In practice, the function is responsible for Latin American issues. In October last year, Gonzales quoted Brazil as commenting on climate change – the speech, in a critical tone, may indicate the tone that the future democratic government will adopt in relation to the government of President Jair Bolsonaro.
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“In any relationship Joe Biden has with leaders around the world, climate change will be at the forefront of that agenda, and that includes Brazil,” Gonzalez told Huffpost. – Anyone in Brazil or anywhere else who thinks they can foster an ambitious relationship with the United States while ignoring important issues such as climate change, democracy and human rights has clearly not heard of Joe Biden during the campaign.
It was not the first time the future director spoke about the relationship between the United States and Brazil. In an article published in the Americas Quarterly in July last year, Gonzalez questioned whether “Brazil’s current leadership is ready to address the monumental challenges of our time.”
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“The relationship between the United States and Brazil has enormous potential under a Biden government, whose climate and economic agendas go hand in hand. The question for Brazil is whether its current leadership is ready to face the monumental challenges of our time,” Gonzalez wrote. , without mentioning the name of President Jair Bolsonaro.
Born in Columbia and raised in New York, Gonzalez was once director of the Western Hemisphere at CSN under Barack Obama between 2011 and 2013. He then became Biden’s special adviser, then vice president, from 2013 to 2015. More recently, also under the Obama administration, he was deputy secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere, with a focus on policy implementation in Central America and the Caribbean.
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The environment and the climate crisis are among the priorities of the Biden government, and at this point the Brazilian president must face obstacles in his relationship with the United States. During the election campaign, the Democrat suggested that there would be “economic consequences” if the devastation continued in the Amazon. Biden also warned Bolsonaro in March that the country “fails to be a responsible guardian” of the rainforest.
“The fires that hit the Amazon last summer were devastating and triggered global action to stop destruction and help reforestation before it’s too late. Then my government will bring the world together to ensure the environment is protected.” said Biden in a text for the American Quarter.