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Brazil’s Bolsonaro Asked Biden for Re-Election Help Against Lula

  • Request came at leaders’ meeting at summit in Los Angeles
  • Bolsonaro has questioned legitimacy of Biden’s own election
Presidents Jair Bolsonaro and Joe Biden speak after a family photo during the 9th Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California, on June 10.

Presidents Jair Bolsonaro and Joe Biden speak after a family photo during the 9th Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California, on June 10.

Photographer: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro asked US President Joe Biden for help in his re-election bid during a private meeting on the sidelines of a regional summit this week, portraying his leftist opponent as a danger to US interests, according to people familiar with the matter.

During the meeting on Thursday, Biden underlined the importance of preserving the integrity of Brazil’s democratic electoral process, and when Bolsonaro asked for help, Biden moved to change the subject, one of the people said. Bolsonaro’s comments to Biden about his rival, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, echoed his public warnings about the two-term former president, according to the people, who requested anonymity to discuss a private conversation.