President Marcelo with President Emmanuel Macron in Lisbon yesterday

Brazilian president “pondering” whether he can refuse to see President Marcelo

Portugal’s president Marcelo is off for a whirlwind trip to various points of Brazil this evening, ostensibly to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first aerial crossing of the South Atlantic by Portuguese navigators Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral. During the visit, he is billed as having meetings scheduled with former President Lula da Silva (plotting a political comeback), former President Michel Temer and current president Jair Bolsonaro. And this is where things get a little muddled. According to SIC television news and other news sources in Brazil, Mr Bolsonaro is “irritated” and “uncomfortable with the fact” that Marcelo will be meeting former president Lula da Silva. He is apparently pondering pulling out of whatever has been planned by way of receiving Portugal’s indefatigible head of State who has been extremely busy all week receiving and interacting with various foreign leaders. More on this will come clear over the course of the weekend.