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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has faced more criticisms after U.S. President Donald Trump imposed a travel ban on non-U.S. citizens from the South American country, as the COVID-19 epidemic is getting worse in Brazil.

The U.S. move has provided Bolsonaro’s foes with new arsenals to satirize the Brazilian leader. “Even the US – whose president’s boots he licks – has banned the entry of Brazilians.”

Valmir Assuncao, a congressman from the left-wing Workers party, tweeted. “Is Bolsonaro going to keep marching around with the American flag now?” Alice Portugal, a Communist party lawmaker, tweeted.

The local newspaper Estado de Minas put the headline “The US to Brazil: Stay at your own home” on its front page, alongside an image of Bolsonaro’s supporters holding a U.S. flag.

The United States announced the travel ban on Sunday as the number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Brazil rose to more than 363,000 and the death toll neared 23,000. Bolsonaro used to tout his close relationship with Trump as a proof that he was leading Brazil in the right direction, and his supporters frequently wave the U.S. flag at rallies as well.

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