Ambassador to Brazil questioned about Iowa influence allegation resigns

RIO DE JANEIRO — Regarded for his helpful ties with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the U.S. ambassador to Brazil has tendered his resignation just after just above a yr in the posture and is leaving the diplomatic company. 

Ambassador Todd Chapman claimed he wrote to President Joe Biden to inform him of his conclusion, and that he would be shifting to Denver to be near his youngsters and pursue other expert opportunities.

His appointment in October 2019 arrived as Bolsonaro, a populist who modeled his election campaign on then-President Donald Trump’s, was looking for closer ties with the Trump administration.

After Chapman’s arrival in the money, Brasilia, in March 2020, he swiftly made headlines by cozying up to Bolsonaro, specially by internet hosting the president at a July 4 barbecue at his residence in the midst of the pandemic. Photographs confirmed him putting on a cowboy hat and no mask, leaning in to hug Bolsonaro and posing with him and top rated aides.

In this photo distributed by Brazil's presidential press office, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, left, and U.S. Ambassador Todd Chapman pose for a photo during an event to mark U.S. Independence Day at the ambassador's residence in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 4, 2020. (Isac Nobrega/Brazil's presidential press office via AP)

His obtain designed on helpful relations, but also raised worries he was probably drawing as well close. One particular particular person who spoke on ailment of anonymity last calendar year confirmed local push reviews that Chapman recommended Brazil could affect Iowa’s vote in the U.S. presidential election by lifting ethanol tariffs. Iowa makes a lot more of the corn-dependent fuel than any other U.S. state.

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