Brazil president drops New York visit amid backlash

Last Updated: Thu, May 09, 2019 23:30 hrs

Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro cancelled a planned trip to the United States following a storm of protest over his controversial racist and misogynist remarks in New York City.

Jair Bolsonaro was due to receive 2019 Person of the year award by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce. The award was in recognition of his strongly stated intention of fostering closer commercial and diplomatic ties between Brazil and the United States and his firm commitment to building a strong and durable partnership between the two nations.

Bill de Blasio, New York's mayor, hailed the move and said New Yorkers have chosen to stand up against oppression and bigotry.

"Jair Bolsonaro's assault on LGBTQ rights and destructive plans for our planet are reflected in too many leaders -- including many here in our country. Everyone must stand up, speak out and fight back against this reckless hate," Blasio tweeted. (ANI)