The United States is not providing Brazil with concrete support to fight forest fires despite President Donald Trump's offer of assistance, Brazilian Defence Minister Fernando Azevedo said on Saturday.
On Friday, US President Donald Trump offered to help Brazil contain the fires in the Amazon. "We stand by ready to assist!", he tweeted. Bolsonaro retweeted Trump's message shortly after. However, according to Defence Minister Fernando Azevedo, there has been no further contact between the two countries regarding the fires.
The Amazon rainforest has been on fire for three weeks now. According to satellite data provided by the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE), there has been a more than 80 percent increase in the number of wildfires in 2019 compared with last year.