Trump says he offered Bolsonaro assistance with Amazon rainforest fires

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE on Friday said he offered assistance to Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro if needed to address wildfires that are engulfing parts of the Amazon rainforest.

Trump tweeted that U.S. has "very exciting" trade prospects with Brazil, and that the relationship between the two countries is "perhaps stronger than ever before."

"I told him if the United States can help with the Amazon Rainforest fires, we stand ready to assist!" Trump tweeted.


Brazil’s space research center, the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), released data this week showing that wildfires had reached a record high in the country.

The center, which has tracked wildfires since 2013, said that Brazil has experienced more than 74,000 wildfires so far this year, an 84 percent uptick over the same period in 2018.

But Bolsonaro has sent mixed signals about his attitude toward the fires and foreign assistance. He said earlier Friday that other countries should not meddle in the growing crisis, but has also pointed to the size of the Amazon and said Brazil does not "have the resources" to deal with the issue alone.

Trump and Bolsonaro spoke shortly before Trump was set to fly to France for the Group of Seven (G-7) summit. Attendees there are scheduled to discuss climate and biodiversity at a session Monday morning.

French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Negotiators signal relief bill stuck, not dead Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran International leaders pledge nearly 0M in aid after Beirut explosion MORE, the host and agenda-setter for this year’s summit, tweeted Thursday that the Amazon fires represented an “international crisis,” noting that the Brazilian forests produce 20 percent of the planet’s oxygen.

"Members of the G7 Summit, let's discuss this emergency first order in two days!” Macron tweeted.

Trump has previously cast doubt on the influence climate change has had on forest fires. After fires ravaged California last year, the president suggested it was caused by poor forest management.