07/23/2021 11:13 AM
Updated 07/23/2021 11:13 AM
The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, recalled this Thursday that since 2019, in an interview with the Argentine press, he
predicted the exodus of citizens
from that country to the South American giant, as is happening now in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic and the economic crisis.
"You don't need to have a crystal ball to say it. Whoever makes the wrong choices is going to pay the price sooner or later," Bolsonaro said in his weekly live broadcast on social media, alluding to press articles published this week on the
massive arrival of Argentines in Brazil
Bolsonaro said that this Thursday, on a visit to Paraná, a Brazilian state bordering Paraguay and Argentina, he found a young Argentine immigrant who began to cry when the president asked him about the situation in the neighboring country.
"Rivalry between Brazilians and Argentines only in football. We
want prosperous, strong, free and democratic neighbors
, but the choice between one candidate and another is for the Argentine people ...", said the leader of the Brazilian extreme right and critic of the Government from Argentina.
"We force Argentina to straighten out, but
it is not easy
. It is a sign that the closure of everything (in the middle of the pandemic) did not work in Argentina, which has one of the highest death rates (from covid) every 100,000 inhabitants, "he said.
The chicana to his Argentine counterpart has already become a common action in the Brazilian president.
In mid-June, in a brief conversation with a group of followers, Bolsonaro regretted that Argentina, a Mercosur partner along with Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay, "is in a rather complicated situation," which he attributed to "the staff there deciding vote for those who plunged the country into a hole ".
The Brazilian far-right leader assured that "agribusiness in Argentina no longer compensates" the producer and criticized some measures adopted in recent weeks by President Fernández, such as the temporary suspension of meat exports or the tax increases that affect various agricultural products.
"It is a very complicated situation," reiterated the president, who still stressed that "Argentines are brothers" of Brazil and that he wants "the best" for that country, although he doubts the government of Fernández, with a progressive nature.
That same week, in the usual live that the Brazilian head of state made through his social networks, he again referred to Fernández's phrase about the origin of Latin American peoples while showing the photo that he ironically published on Twitter shortly after that the failed appointment of the Argentine president went viral.
"The first thing I can say is that the rivalry is only football. If there is no football, the brothers are my brothers. I want the best for Argentina because at the end of the day when we have prosperous neighbors it is a sign that this is good for everyone. "Bolsonaro began by pointing out, with a conciliatory tone and toning down the controversy.
However, he took up the message that he had emphasized in a press conference in which he compared Fernández to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.
With information from EFE.
With information from EFE.
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