Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Monday his US counterpart Joe Biden's administration had "almost an obsession" with environmental issues, which he said was hurting United States-Brazil relations.
"Obviously, the Biden government is more of a left-wing administration, it's a government that has almost an obsession with the environmental issue," Bolsonaro said in a radio interview.
"That has gotten in the way a little."
Bolsonaro has sparred with Biden since the latter was a presidential candidate over his calls to better protect the Amazon rainforest, a vital resource in the race to curb climate change.
The far right leader,, who has pushed to open protected forest land to agribusiness and mining, has presided over a surge in deforestation since taking office in 2019.
In the 12 months through July, a total of 8,712 square kilometres (3,364 square miles) of forest cover – an area nearly the size of Puerto Rico – was destroyed in the Brazilian Amazon, according to official figures.
However, Bolsonaro defended his country's record.
"Brazil is the country that most preserves its environment," he said.