President Jair Bolsonaro met on Thursday morning with a group of professional journalists who are covering politics. The president invited this group of journalists and I formed part of this group for a cafe next to the presidential office.
A coffee with cookies and cheese bread was served and it was a contact by President Bolsonaro with us, professional journalists, an initial contact here at the Palacio Planalto. It took about 40 minutes.
The president was relaxed, he was willing. There were also some ministers and even vice-Hamilton Mourão.
The president began talking about the importance of the role of the professional press, of the professional media to the media, to the illumination of the population. And even he came to use the following expression: "I'll be with you now."
He said that during the campaign he had more contact with Internet social networks, but now he preferred to get in touch with the professional press taking into account the importance of the work of the press, the importance of the work of journalists and also the importance of the moment in which the country lives before the expectation of voting for the reform of the Social Security, which begins with the House of Representatives and then goes to the Senate. The president requested help from the professional press to illuminate the population and the deputies and senators.
He said: "I need help from the professional press also before the reform of the Social Security." President Jair Bolsonaro said: "Without the reform there is no solution, there is no prospect for Brazil."
He wrote down some points of this contact by President Bolsonaro with the press: he talked about the pension reform, he said he is making contact with the leaders, but said that there would be no allocation of messages for Social Security reform, that is, the division of positions in agreement with political interests.
He said that it will continue to be the division of positions in government through technical criteria as he did since the formation of the government Jair Bolsonaro. He said there will be negotiations, there will be discussions, perhaps there may be candidatures for politicians, provided that the technical criteria are met to cover these positions.
We asked about the government's allied base for this clash of Social Security reform. The president said: "The bank is still in training."
He had contact with party leaders, had contact with party leaders yesterday and is adjusting the bases for this important vote.
The president said he intends to remain during carnival in Brasilia, including making this contact by phone, by hand, with the parliamentarians, with party leaders.
He admitted that the government could review some points of the pension reform proposal as long as the essence remains. He said the project can not be disfigured.
Some points came to play with us and I noticed: Benefit of Continuous Benefit for the needy elderly. In the government's proposal, this benefit would go to the elderly, a minimum salary of more than 70 years, with a variation of R $ 400 for 60 to 70 years. Today they are 65 years old.
The president admitted that there might be some review on this PCB [Benefício de Prestação Continuada].
Also about rural retirement, age for rural retirement.
Another detail to discuss, according to the president, is the minimum retirement age for women. In the government's proposal sent to the House, it is around 62 years. He even admitted something about 60 years ago, still to argue.
He made a reference that there are some "fats that we can review" as long as the project stays.
Another point led by the president was on the transfer of the Brazilian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. We know there was the definition of the US government on this transfer and there was a lot of controversy here in Brasilia, in the diplomatic media, on a speech by President Bolsonaro about this transfer in the same line of the US government. President Bolsonaro said today that this is not a definite and defined subject. He said he is still under study because there are other factors involved. Like, for example, commercial factors.
The Minister of Agriculture, Tereza Cristina, according to President Bolsonaro, would have informed about questions related to other countries, for example, the Arab world, in negotiation.
Therefore, the transfer announced that the possibility of transferring the Tel Aviv Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem is still a possibility, neglected, according to him, and has not ruled out, even in studies.
The president, Jair Bolsonaro, said that he has a high expectation of aid to Venezuela. On Thursday, opposition leader Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed interim president of the country, was received. Then Guaidó gave an interview.
An interesting question that the president told us by us journalists. We asked: "President, can you have a contact, talk to Nicolas Maduro, if there is that possibility?"
He thought and said: "I can. I can contact Nicolás Maduro, if you wish, if you wish, as long as it is about redemocratization, the return of democracy to Venezuela, with the institution of free elections, with international observation and the resumption of democracy in Venezuela, with a broad participation in an election. "
The possibility of having a contact has been accepted provided that Nicolás Maduro so wishes.
And he said the following: "If even President Donald Trump met the North Korean president, why can not I speak with Nicolás Maduro, if it is in the interests of Venezuela and the interests of the Brazilian people?"
He is concerned about the border problem and said he will maintain that expectation.
In a few moments, Guaidó will arrive at the Planalto Palace. It will be received by President Jair Bolsonaro.
One last question. It was the last issue practically addressed in this café with President Jair Bolsonaro. Because he started emphasizing the importance of the role of the professional press, professional journalism for the media in the country and closed the question, when some journalists asked: "But what about social networks?"
We know that his son, the councilor of Rio de Janeiro, Carlos Bolsonaro, is an active participant in social networks. President Jair Bolsonaro said the following: that his children have a good relationship with the children, who receives the children, that even some of the children do not attend as he wanted, they do not have a contact frequency because of the responsibilities of all of themselves same.
But he asked Carlos Bolsonaro to be slower in social networks. He said this: he asked a little for his son Carlos Bolsonaro for social networks.
These social networks, said President Jair Bolsonaro, will also serve, as suggested by the mayor, Rodrigo Maya, in the condemnation of parliamentarians and the population on pension reform. But he asked his son Carlos to cling somewhat, that President Jair Bolsonaro, in their social networks, will do what he calls mediation of the contents published in social networks in relation to him. Social networks that will be widely used in the conviction of the population and parliamentarians in relation to the reform of the Social Security.
This was the climax of President Jair Bolsonaro's meeting with the press professionals. He promised more contact with professional press and became available.
It was a meeting in which professionals also highlighted the positive nature of this professional contact with the President of the Republic.