Biden talks with Lula, reinforces support after attacks and talks about receiving PT in February


President Luiz Inácio Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) had a telephone conversation this Monday (9) with his American counterpart, Joe Biden. The call came a day after coup supporters of Jair Bolsonaro (PL) attacked democracy, invading the headquarters of the Three Powers and leaving a trail of vandalism and destruction in Brasília.

In the conversation, Biden invited Lula to visit Washington in February, which was accepted by the PT, according to the White House. The invitation had been made at the end of last year for Lula to go to the US capital before taking office, but the PT preferred to wait. Afterwards, he decided that his first trip would be to Argentina, which will take place on the 23rd and 24th of this month, before spending a day in Uruguay.

In the call this Monday, the American president “conveyed the unwavering support of the United States to democracy in Brazil and to the free will of the Brazilian people, as expressed in the recent presidential elections in Brazil, won by President Lula”, according to the White House.

“President Biden condemned the violence and attack on democratic institutions and the peaceful transfer of power. The two leaders pledged to work together on the issues facing the United States and Brazil, including climate change, economic development, and peace and security.”

The attacks reverberated in many countries, with heads of state condemning the actions and expressing solidarity with the Brazilian president and institutions. Biden had already used his social media to speak out about the episode.

“I condemn the attack on democracy and the peaceful process of power transition in Brazil. The democratic institutions in Brazil have our full support and the will of the Brazilian people must not be weakened. I hope to continue working in partnership with Lula”, he wrote in the social networks.

Earlier, the democrat had already said that the situation in Brazil was “outrageous”. Biden traveled to Mexico for a summit of North American leaders.

Advisers of the American Presidency also made statements of repudiation of the coup action by Bolsonarists. Jake Sullivan, national security adviser, stated that American support “for Brazilian institutions is unwavering” and that he was confident that “Brazilian democracy will not be shaken by violence”.

The US experienced a similar situation two years ago, when supporters of former President Donald Trump invaded the Capitol.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that “using violence to attack democratic institutions is always unacceptable”.

Before Biden, the first major leader to speak out was Gabriel Boric, the Chilean president. “The Brazilian government has our full support in the face of this cowardly and vile attack on democracy,” he said on Twitter. This week, in an interview with Folha, Boric reinforced his connection with Lula.

Another PT ally, Argentine Alberto Fernández, wrote messages expressing support for the PT and mentioning an “attempted coup d’état” in Brazil. “Anyone who tries to disrespect the will of the majority threatens democracy and deserves not only the proper legal response, but also the condemnation of the international community,” he said.

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