Jair Bolsonaro Bio – Wiki
Jair Bolsonaro is a Brazilian politician and retired military officer who has been the 38th president of Brazil since 1 January 2019. He served in the country’s Chamber of Deputies, representing the state of Rio de Janeiro, between 1991 and 2018.
He was born on 21 March 1955 in Glicério, São Paulo, Brazil His birth name is Jair Messias Bolsonaro. Brazil’s President has tested positive for coronavirus, Fox News can confirm.
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He is the son of Percy Geraldo Bolsonaro and Olinda Bonturi. His family is mostly of Italian descent, with some German ancestry. On his father’s side, he is the great-grandson of Italians from Veneto and Calabria. Bolsonaro’s paternal grandfather’s family comes from Veneto, more precisely the city of Anguillara Veneta, in the province of Padua.
He graduated from the Agulhas Negras Military Academy in 1977 and served in the Brazilian Army’s field artillery and parachutist units.
Political And Military Career
He joined the reserve army in 1988 with the rank of captain and ran for the Rio de Janeiro City Council that same year, being elected while a member of the Christian Democratic Party. Bolsonaro elected in 1990 to the lower chamber of Congress and subsequently re-elected six times. During his 27-year tenure as a congressman, he became known for his strong support of national conservatism.
He is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage and homosexuality, abortion, affirmative action, drug liberalization, and secularism. In foreign policy, he has advocated closer relations to the United States and Israel. During the 2018 presidential campaign, he started to advocate for economic liberal and pro-market policies.
Bolsonaro announced his pre-candidacy for president in March 2016 as a member of the Social Christian Party. However, he left the party in 2018 and joined the Social Liberal Party, and then launched his presidential campaign in August of that same year, with retired general Hamilton Mourão as his running mate. He portrayed himself as an outsider and a supporter of family values.
Bolsonaro non-fatally stabbed while campaigning in September 2018. He came in first place in the first round of the general election on 7 October 2018, with Workers’ Party candidate Fernando Haddad coming in second place.
Wife & Children
Bolsonaro married to his third wife and has five children. His first wife was Rogéria Nantes Braga (with whom he has three sons: Flávio, Carlos and Eduardo). His second marriage was with Ana Cristina Valle (with whom he has one son, Renan). In 2007, he married his third and current wife Michelle de Paula Firmo Reinaldo (with whom he has a daughter, Laura).
While working in Congress, Bolsonaro hired Michelle as a secretary and over the next two years, she received unusual promotions and her salary more than tripled. He was forced to fire her after the Supreme Federal Court ruled that nepotism is illegal in the public administration. As of 2018, Bolsonaro and his wife lived in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro.
Bolsonaro Tests Positive For Coronavirus
Multiple reports indicate that Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for coronavirus, even as his son insists testing of the delegation that accompanied his father on a recent trip has not been completed.
The apparent diagnosis follows days after Mr. Bolsonaro visited the United States, where he met with US President Donald Trump and vice president Mike Pence at the American’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
It also follows just after Mr. Bolsonaro’s press secretary, who was also on the trip and pictured alongside Mr. Trump, also tested positive for the virus, which has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation this week.
“I’m not concerned,” Mr. Trump told reporters on Thursday after those coronavirus cases were reported. So far, Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence have not been tested for the virus, even as many other Republican officials have decided to self-isolate and get tested after similar potential exposures.
A source with knowledge of the White House’s response pushed back on the Bolsonaro reports, stressing the Brazilian government has yet to confirm he has tested positive.