Dilma Indeed Will Not Come to Washington
The question was asked here whether the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff would come to the US on a state visit scheduled for October 23, in view of recent revelations of extensive NSA spying on that country. We now have the answer and it is “Não”!
Yesterday President Obama telephoned Rousseff in an attempt to persuade her not to cancel. According to O Globo (h/t marym in IL) they had a pleasant conversation, but nothing doing (corrected Google translation):
President Dilma liked the phone conversation with Obama yesterday, but nevertheless decided not to travel because it is necessary to mark the dissatisfaction well that Brazil has with the facts that the country was the victim and with the explanations given by the U.S. government.
A similar report appears in Folha de São Paulo (h/t marym in IL).
A later report in O Globo says that when the official announcement is made later today it will use the word “postponed” rather than “cancelled” in order to preseved diplomatic niceties, but the message is nonetheless clear.
The first article also says that she will use her address to the UN General Assembly when it opens next week to call for an end to internet spying.
Update 3:00 PM Eastern. MSNBC just flashed a White House statement that the visit “will be rescheduled.” Sure.