Brazil’s VP calls Argentina “eternal beggar”, says Brazil must maintain fiscal responsibility

Argentina is one of Brazil's main economic partners, and there has been friction since Bolsonaro supported former right-wing president Mauricio Macri, defeated by Alberto Fernández in the 2019 election.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -  Vice President Hamilton Mourão called Argentina an "eternal beggar" on Thursday, April 8, when he said Brazil must have fiscal responsibility.

Mourão made the statements while participating in a virtual meeting with business people. In the meeting, he addressed the controversy over the Federal Budget for 2021, which has generated conflicts between the national Congress and the government.

"The message I leave is this: we cannot run away from the fiscal anchor because otherwise, the country will go broke. And, if the country breaks, we are going to be just like our neighbor to . . .

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