Serving as acting president, Michel Temer said Friday (Apr. 22) that Brazil does not deserve to be discredited with attacks against the vice-president, and decided to grant interviews to foreign media outlets after he felt beleaguered by statements made by President Dilma Rousseff.
“I thought I should say something to the international press, since there have been statements [by Rousseff] with the particular purpose of discrediting my position. This does not concern the vice-president, but rather Brazil. I think Brazil does not deserve to be discredited with occasional attacks against the vice-presidency,” Temer said, in an interview outside his office, in a building attached to the Planalto presidential palace.
In an interview with The New York Times, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal, he denied he has been plotting against Rousseff and said he is concerned about the president's remarks on Brazil overseas, in which the country, he says, is portrayed as “a minor republic,” where “coups take place.” To the New York Times, Temer added he spent four years “in absolute ostracism.”
Regarding Rousseff's possible ouster, Temer once again said he would wait for the Senate's decision “silently and respectfully.” On the talks he has held concerning appointments for his cabinet in case the president is unseated, Temer said he has been “just listening.”
“Naturally, I'm being sought after by a lot of people. I'm listening to a lot of people, but that's all—nothing more than listening.”
Temer described as “adequate” the president's speech at the UN—in which, without mentioning the word coup, she stated that the Brazilian society will know how to prevent setbacks.
Rousseff flew to New York for the signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement on climate change at the United Nations (UN). The president granted an interview Friday (Apr. 22) to foreign newspapers in which she argued there is a “most serious coup-mongering adventure” underway in the country.
Translated by Fabrício Ferreira
Fonte: Agência Brasil.