Ambassador to Brazil questioned over Iowa influence allegation resigns

FILE - In this April 28, 2021 file photo, U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, Todd C. Chapman, gives a thumbs-up as he arrives to a ceremony where the companies selected to operate the Alcantara space launch site in Maranhao state were announced, at the Air Base in Brasilia, Brazil. Chapman tendered his resignation after just over a year in the position of ambassador to Brazil and is leaving the diplomatic service, he said in a statement on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

RIO DE JANEIRO — Known for his friendly ties with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the U.S. ambassador to Brazil has tendered his resignation after just over a year in the position and is leaving the diplomatic service. 

Ambassador Todd Chapman said he wrote to President Joe Biden to inform him of his decision, and that he would be moving to Denver to be near his children and pursue other professional opportunities.

His appointment in October 2019 came as Bolsonaro, a populist who modeled his election campaign on then-President Donald Trump's, was seeking closer ties with the Trump administration.

After Chapman's arrival in the capital, Brasilia, in March 2020, he quickly made headlines by cozying up to Bolsonaro, particularly by hosting the president at a July 4 barbecue at his residence in the midst of the pandemic. Photos showed him wearing a cowboy hat and no mask, leaning in to hug Bolsonaro and posing with him and top aides.

In this photo distributed by Brazil's presidential press office, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, left, and U.S. Ambassador Todd Chapman pose for a photo during an event to mark U.S. Independence Day at the ambassador's residence in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 4, 2020. (Isac Nobrega/Brazil's presidential press office via AP)

His access built on friendly relations, but also raised concerns he was perhaps drawing too close. One person who spoke on condition of anonymity last year confirmed local press reports that Chapman suggested Brazil could influence Iowa's vote in the U.S. presidential election by lifting ethanol tariffs. Iowa produces more of the corn-based fuel than any other U.S. state.

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