Bolsonaro asks to stay longer at the fighter’s home in the United States

About to complete a month in the United States, former President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) has asked former boxer José Aldo, who owns the house in the Orlando area where he resides, to extend his stay for about a month, until after Carnival, according to a friend of the athlete.

The house, an eight-bedroom property in a gated community near the Disney parks, is available for rent on an online platform at prices starting at US$519 per day (approximately R$2,600, excluding taxes and fees which can almost double), but it was given by the former fighter, who supported Bolsonaro in the 2022 elections.

Relationship of Sheet in the last week he stressed that, fearing the legal siege of justice in Brazil, Bolsonaro is studying options to stay longer in the United States and can finance himself in the country by lecturing businessmen.

THE Sheet he stayed at the apartment building in the city of Kissimmee for three days earlier this week and accompanied the movement to the door of the former president’s home. You stated from day one that you would not answer questions in the report.

Although there is a gate to prevent cars from accessing the site, pedestrian entry is free which has contributed to the constant movement of well-wishers to the gate.

As there are no walls between the houses, there is little privacy and it is even possible to ring the former president’s doorbell in the rare moments when there is no security guard at the door, as the report did on Monday (23).

The family has installed a screen to cover the rear area, where there is a swimming pool, and the house’s curtains are closed during the day. At night, however, it is possible to see some lights on and, both Monday and Tuesday, a television in the living room was broadcasting a football match.

Bolsonaro traveled to the United States on December 30, before ending the government and breaking the tradition of passing the sash to his successor, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT). Since then, little has changed in the former president’s routine around town.

At first, the novelty of his presence and the end-of-year holiday brought hundreds of Brazilians to their doorsteps. Bolsonaro would go out almost every hour to greet supporters, who traveled from different parts of the country to see him.

Since he was still in office at the time, he had American Secret Service agents bolster his security, as well as condominium internal security vehicles to organize the mob.

Now, after weeks in the city, the movement has subsided, but still Bolsonaro has been out about twice a day, early morning and late afternoon, to greet, photograph and sign autographs for the group still forming in front. the House.

In the days in which there was the report, the groups numbered around ten people.

Profiles vary. A retired mining couple who live on the Florida coast said they waited for the crowds to thin out and drove about three hours this week to try and get a picture with the idol.

Another family, from Rio Grande do Sul, was on vacation in the US and was returning from Atlanta to catch a flight to Brazil in Miami, but decided to divert the route to try to meet the former president. They did not want to give an interview to the report.

Other than brief conversations with supporters, Bolsonaro has made few public appearances, except for occasional trips to markets or snack bars.

Condo officials said they didn’t see him at the local restaurant or gym, which are less than five minutes from the house — where there’s also a water park.

Supporters, however, have called on social networks for an event with Bolsonaro next Tuesday (31). The event is described on the Internet as a “reunion with the Brazilian community in honor of former president Jair Bolsonaro,” and tickets sell for between $10 (common admission) and $50 (VIP admission).

Michelle Bolsonaro returned to Brazil on Thursday evening (26). The Metrópoles portal has published images of the former first lady at Brasilia airport, where she landed accompanied by her friend and make-up artist Agustin Fernandez.

During her time in Orlando, she met friends and went to a evangelical service on Sunday (22nd), as well as visiting a Disney park with her daughters.

One of the sons of the former president, Carlos Bolsonaro, is also in the United States, but the Sheet I didn’t see him in the condo during the time he was there.

The Florida home has themed rooms, like a servant’s room, and José Aldo usually lends it to celebrities, he said in an interview with the Flow podcast earlier this month.

According to him, the decision to hand it over to the former president was a corporate strategy to lease it more. “The street is always crowded. What do I get from the message of renting the house,” he said.

“Everyone is going to want to see it, left or right. I want to put a sign up there, ‘here was the president of Brazil,'” she said, comparing it to staying in the same room Elvis Presley stayed in Las Vegas. “Everyone will want to stay home because he was the president.”

There have also been protests. On Sunday (22nd), a group of Brazilian leftists, Defend Democracy in Brazil, circulated the streets of Orlando with a truck with messages against Bolsonaro.

The vehicle passed through regions frequented by Brazilians, such as a supermarket and the local headquarters of the Church of Lagoinha, commanded by the Bolsonarista pastor André Valadão.

There was also a protest with banners in front of the former president’s apartment building. “It’s embarrassing for us Brazilians, the international media coverage of Bolsonaro’s presence here has been extremely negative,” said photographer João Celles, one of the organizers of the action.

It is not known, however, whether Bolsonaro’s health problems will cause him to cut short the trip. He was even hospitalized with intestinal obstruction earlier this month and at the time he said he would bring forward his return to Brazil.

This week, said her doctor, Antonio Macedo Sheet that he will have to undergo another surgery on his return.

Another point that could hinder Bolsonaro’s plans in the United States is his legal status, while politicians from the US left have called for his expulsion from the country.

Joe Biden’s government says it cannot comment on specific visa cases, which are classified information, but says a person who enters the country on a diplomatic visa from the head of state and leaves office while on US soil must present a visa change within 30 days, at the risk of being expelled from the country.

Alexandre Piquet, a Florida immigration lawyer who assists Brazilians, says he is unaware of Bolsonaro’s specific case, but says heads of state must submit the change of status to the State Department equivalent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), which may or may not approve it, not only for technical reasons, but also political pressure may be a decisive factor.

Bolsonaro would have a number of visa options, he says, from tourism to work or even for so-called “extraordinary capabilities”, for people who distinguish themselves in different professional fields. If, on the other hand, the idea is to stay in the country to lecture, a tourist visa does not allow Bolsonaro to carry out paid work.

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