President Joe Biden extended U.S. support to Brazilian President. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in a phone call a day after supporters. The country’s former right-wing leader stormed government buildings in the nation’s capital.
During the call, Biden affirmed Lula’s recent election victory as president. And voiced “unwavering support” for Brazilian democracy. And the free will of the Brazilian people. According to a joint statement with Lula released by the White House on Monday evening.
Lula accepted Biden’s invitation to visit Washington early. Next month to discuss a “comprehensive shared agenda,” the statement said.
The call with Lula came a day after a group of supporters of former. President Jair Bolsonaro attacked Brazil’s Congress. Supreme Court and presidential palace, like the Jan. 6 attack by Trump supporters on the US Capitol.
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters earlier in the day. That the United States had not received a formal request from. The Brazilian government to remove Bolsonaro.
Bolsonaro’s wife said her husband had been hospitalized. NBC News is working to confirm his latest location.
Lula, a leftist, was sworn in on 1 January.
On Sunday, Lula vowed to prosecute rioters involved in attacks on government buildings. He pinned “responsibility” for the attack on Bolsonaro. Suggesting that “several speeches by the former president encouraged it.”