In the midst of the new interns within the Front of All (FdT), Mauricio Macri criticized the management of President Alberto Fernández. “He does not know where he is standing, he does not know where he has to go, nor does he know how to go,” he warned in dialogue with LN+.
“There were a number of people who were tempted by the free barbecue music, come with us, we have fanciful solutions that do not even mean that we have to work. And we went back. But the world gave us a real hand. They want to put the loan as the culprit for everything,” Macri launched, adding: “The culprit for everything is the systematic disorder they made of the economy, which leads us to always be spending more than we have.”
“He didn’t speak. There is no presidential word left. Several months ago, when I was here, I told them that he had insisted on destroying the presidential word. Already today nobody believes him in Argentina, much less in the world. He has done a lot of damage to the presidential institution,” Macri said.
And he continued: “What worries me is that, clearly, there are many people who are having a bad time and it has become clear that coming together to seize power without a shared deed, without a country model, ends in this. And on top of that they have the country adrift, aimlessly, without a plan, they fight among themselves when every day people have a worse time. That’s embarrassing.”
Regarding the popular approval of the agreement with the IMF, he maintained: “80% of Argentines were in favor of the agreement, because they understood that being in the place of the non-compliant was once again being marginalized from the world. And without being part of the world we have no future”.
In addition, he evaluated the debt he took on during his administration: “Argentina had to take on debt because we inherited a monumental fiscal deficit. Congress is the one that approves the budget, it systematically resisted lowering it at the rate it had to be lowered and we too will have made our mistakes in not lowering it”.
Along the same lines, he defended the IMF and once again criticized the ruling party for pointing it out as being responsible for the economic crisis: “We are not going to believe them anymore that the fund is the “Cuco”. The background is the mirror in which for many years we Argentines did not want to look at ourselves. Because it is the mirror of the other countries that tell you that you have to do the same as us, you cannot live on borrowed money, blaming others”.
In this sense, the Pro referent analyzed the possible consequences of a non-agreement: “They had to recognize that you cannot continue with the fantasy, that you cannot spend what you do not have, issue infinity, and always blame it to an enemy that does not exist.
Asked by Cristina Kirchner, he said: “I am not going to comment on the things that the vice president said because they are transcended. I am not a political commentator. I’ve said it many times before: I think she lost touch with reality a long time ago. She dreamed of the fantasy of belonging to a league of countries with authoritarian governments and that is falling apart with Putin’s criminal invasion of Ukraine.”
“They closed Palomar, just because we had done it,” he said, when asked about the subsidies to Airlines and the exit of low cost airlines.
JxC’s Favorite Candidates
“No, they are both very good,” he said, when asked to choose between Horacio Rodríguez Larreta and Patricia Bullrich. “I am supporting them in everything I can. There is no need to simplify further: the world is complex, Argentina is complex and it will require a lot of intelligence and decision. I see each one very well planted with their profile, they have already confirmed that they have the vocation to lead Argentina and I am going to help them until the day the PASO begins”.
Regarding the libertarian deputies Javier Milei and José Luis Espert and a possible incorporation into the coalition, he stated: “They have a line. It is good that they defend those values, in which I always believed, which are freedom. But JxC today is the one with experience, the one with many people with experience who have already been in government.”
The war in Ukraine: “Putin is a criminal”
Regarding the vice president’s position on the agreement with the IMF, she commented: “She doesn’t know where to stand. Her only objective, returning to power, was to achieve impunity for the number of riots being investigated and, secondarily, to systematically torture me. And he sees that this has not worked for him. There is a sector of Justice that has resisted with dignity and also sees that these fanciful formulas of spending without limits are hitting the wall. The agreement with the fund is Kirchnerism hitting the wall”.
He also spoke about the war in Ukraine and avoided comparisons of Vladimir Putin with Adolf Hitler, but did not hesitate to define him as “a criminal”: “I see someone other than the one I treated. I was with him four times, we built a relationship of mutual respect, I visited him in the Kremlin. But I believe that authoritarianism is not a photo, it is a film. The human being, when he concentrates that level of power, the tendency is to lose his balance and he lost it”.