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Trump Fan Bolsonaro Seeks Biden’s $20 Billion Amazon Promise

  • Bolsonaro seeks money for rainforest, Brazilian officials say
  • Biden once suggested world will pledge $20 billion Amazon fund
A fire burns in the Amazon Rainforest near Ourilandia do Norte, Para state, Brazil

A fire burns in the Amazon Rainforest near Ourilandia do Norte, Para state, Brazil

Photographer: Jonne Roriz/Bloomberg
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President Jair Bolsonaro will seek US support to finance programs to protect Brazil’s Amazon rainforest during a meeting with his counterpart Joe Biden on Thursday, searching for a rare point of agreement between two leaders who seldom see eye to eye.

Support for the rainforest and for democracy in Latin America are poised to be key topics on the agenda as Biden and Bolsonaro meet on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. The Brazilian leader is a combative, right-wing populist who aligned himself with former President Donald Trump; Biden, meanwhile, is looking to secure commitments from a summit that has been hobbled by middling attendance.