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Bolsonaro denies son's claims of ties with former strategist

Rio de Janeiro: Brazil's far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday he had no ties to former White House strategist Steve Bannon, contradicting claims that one of Bolsonaro's sons has made.

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Bolsonaro, who won the first round of Brazil's presidential elections on Sunday, was asked about connections to Bannon during an event in Rio de Janeiro. Bolsonaro said that if son Eduardo Bolsonaro had met with Bannon, "he didn't tell me about it".

"We don't have the resources to pay for the campaign", said Bolsonaro, adding that reports of connections to Bannon were "typical fake news".
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Eduardo Bolsonaro has not responded to several attempts to get comment. Bannon has also not responded to requests for comment.

Bolsonaro, a former army captain who speaks approvingly of Brazil's 1964-1985 dictatorship, is the front-runner ahead of a runoff Oct. 28 against former Sao Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad of the leftist Workers' Party.

Bolsonaro has promised to slash spending, privatise many state companies and crack down on drug traffickers and other criminals.
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Many have compared Bolsonaro to Trump because of his brash way of speaking and some common ground on policy.

At the same event on Thursday, Bolsonaro said he "admired Trump" when it came to his hard-line immigration policy. "We can't have a country with wide open borders", said Bolsonaro.



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