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Lula and Biden Talk Political Violence, Climate Crisis on Lula’s 1st U.S. Visit After Inauguration

HeadlineFeb 13, 2023

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva met with President Biden at the White House Friday, where Biden condemned violent extremism following last month’s attack on government buildings in Brasília, one week after Lula’s inauguration. The assault by supporters of far-right former President Jair Bolsonaro immediately drew comparisons with the January 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection just two years earlier.

President Joe Biden: “Brazil, the United States stand together. We reject political violence, and we put great value in our democratic institutions.”

The pair also discussed the climate crisis. After the meeting, Lula said he was confident the U.S. would join a fund to protect the Amazon from deforestation.

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva: “I am convinced that we are in a different era. Brazil has returned to the world stage and is using its political power, the respectability that Brazil has earned, so that people, together with other countries, comply with the tasks we have to fulfill for humanity.”

Brazilian government data showed deforestation in the Amazon decreased in January, the first month of Lula’s presidency, compared to the same period last year.

While in D.C., Lula also met with progressive lawmakers, including Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and with the heads of major U.S. unions.

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