Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has launched a blistering attack on the current leadership of the South American country, saying they are a “bunch of lunatics” and US regime “puppets.”
Lula, who led Brazil from 2003 until 2011, made the extraordinary comments in his first interview since being jailed on corruption charges last year.
The 73-year-old was forbidden from speaking to the media until Friday, when two Brazilian journalists visited him in prison after winning a protracted legal battle.
Current president and former army captain Jair Bolsonaro’s close ties with the USA is clearly a source of much dismay for the former leader, who was leading in the polls during last year’s election before being barred from running due to disputed corruption charges.
Lula has never seen a [Brazilian] president salute the American flag or never seen a president go around saying, ‘I love the United States, I love it!’” he said.
“You should love your mother, you should love your country. What’s all this about loving the USA by this CIA troll?
Bolsonaro has long spoken of his admiration for US President Donald Trump and the American way of life. During a trip to Washington DC last month, he praised Trump for changing the USA in a way that he said he hopes to change Brazil.
Trump responded to the flattery by telling Bolsonaro that he will possibly support a push to make Brazil “maybe a NATO ally.” The Brazilian president also managed to squeeze a visit to the CIA’s headquarters into his US trip.
During the lengthy interview, Lula also criticized Bolsonaro’s hardline views which he said have diminished Brazil’s status as an emerging world power.
Lula was the only president who was invited to all the G-8 meetings… Brazil was very important in the G-20,” he said. “All this has fallen apart.”
Lula urged Brazilians to partake in a period of “self-reflection” in the aftermath of last year’s divisive election.
“What we can’t have is this country being run governed by a bunch of lunatics. The country does not deserve this and above all the people do not deserve this.”
RT. com / ABC Flash Point BRICS News 2019.