Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo on Tuesday (2) defended the attitude of President Jair Bolsonaro (without a party) last week, to send the press to put cans of condensed milk “in the queue” after being questioned on the federal government’s spending of R $ 1.8 billion on food and beverages in 2020.
In an interview with Jovem Pan radio’s Morning Show, Ernesto said that was “the style” of the president. The minister was with Bolsonaro at the steakhouse on January 27 when the president attacked journalists.
Asked about the show, he said he did not find it “childish” that he laughed after Bolsonaro’s speech or endorsed the cry of “MI-TO!” MYTH! ”Which came next.
“What I see is that a large part of the press is playing against the country. And she needs to hear it in different ways, ”he continued. He declared that he considered as valid any gesture aimed at drawing attention to the “absolutely deleterious, deceptive and false role that a good part of the press plays against national interests”.
For the Chancellor, “it is absolutely fundamental for the transformative role of Bolsonaro” that it is perceived as a myth by the population. “I think we have a reverence for the truth.”
Tuesday (26), the deputy David Miranda (PSOL-RJ) filed a complaint asking the Attorney General of the Republic, Augusto Aras, to investigate the case that motivated the irritation of the president.
The expense was disclosed by the Metrópoles portal, which points out that the amount is equivalent to an increase of 20% compared to 2019. Among the products purchased are R $ 2.5 million in wines for the Ministry of Defense and 15 million of milk and 2.2 million reais in chewing gum.
On Wednesday (27), the Defense Ministry published a note commenting on the expenses incurred by the portfolio, saying that its function was to “feed the active military”. “Unlike civilians, soldiers do not receive any food aid,” the text specifies.
According to the Defense, the number of active soldiers is 370,000 men and women, who eat their meals daily, in 1,600 military organizations throughout the country.