Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro blamed actor Leonardo DiCaprio for in part funding the rash of wildfires plaguing the Amazon rainforest.
Bolsonaro’s meritless accusations, which he made Friday, comes as the Brazilian president faces increased scrutiny from other world governments over his role in the intentional deforestation.
Bolsonaro’s claims against DiCaprio stem from a series of social media postings that accused the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) of intentionally starting Amazon wildfires in order to procure donations, including from the environmentally conscious actor, who Bolsonaro claimed gave the non-profit foundation $500,000, Reuters reports.
“This Leonardo DiCaprio is a cool guy, right? Giving money to torch the Amazon,” Bolsonaro said in his latest attack against NGOs fighting to save the rainforest. The president also claimed that the WWF had purchased photos from firefighters battling the Amazon wildfires in order to increase fundraising efforts, which the WWF denied.