Skip To Content
BuzzFeed News Home Reporting To You

Utilizamos cookies, próprios e de terceiros, que o reconhecem e identificam como um usuário único, para garantir a melhor experiência de navegação, personalizar conteúdo e anúncios, e melhorar o desempenho do nosso site e serviços. Esses Cookies nos permitem coletar alguns dados pessoais sobre você, como sua ID exclusiva atribuída ao seu dispositivo, endereço de IP, tipo de dispositivo e navegador, conteúdos visualizados ou outras ações realizadas usando nossos serviços, país e idioma selecionados, entre outros. Para saber mais sobre nossa política de cookies, acesse link.

Caso não concorde com o uso cookies dessa forma, você deverá ajustar as configurações de seu navegador ou deixar de acessar o nosso site e serviços. Ao continuar com a navegação em nosso site, você aceita o uso de cookies.

Argentina's President Just Picked Clinton Over Trump

Argentine President Mauricio Macri made his preference known in an exclusive interview with BuzzFeed News just outside of Buenos Aires.

Posted on August 10, 2016, at 2:25 p.m. ET

President Mauricio Macri of Argentina didn't hesitate in choosing Hillary Clinton as his preferred candidate in the US election during an exclusive interview with BuzzFeed News.

Walter Monteros / AFP / Getty Images

When faced with the choice of "Trump or Hillary" during a series of rapid-fire questions during an interview in the presidential palace aired on Facebook Live on Wednesday, he quickly responded "Hillary."

Getty Images

"I believe in relationships, in networks — we are, in fact, speaking with the world through a network — not in building walls," he said when BuzzFeed News reporter Karla Zabludovsky asked a follow-up question about his views on Trump.

Macri said that it "would be hard to work with someone who would want to build walls" but that the relationship between the US and Argentina is strong. "I will work a lot with whoever wins the US presidential race,” he added when pressed further.

Macri, who was elected as president of Argentina on December 2015, has faced many questions from civil society and the opposition about the speed of Argentina's economic recovery.

Mario Tama / Getty Images

"The previous government was based on lies," he said about rising rates of poverty.

Alejandro Pagni / AFP / Getty Images

"I would say that what we did was to whitewash the situation, the previous government was based on lies. They altered all of the official statistics, artificially suppressed inflation, [and] the exchange rate. When we had to tell the truth about things, because for more than five years the country wasn't growing, it was stagnant, it did not create any jobs. They lied, abused the use of reserves and did things that weren't legal, just for appearances. (...) I said that if I finished my government without cutting poverty rates, it means that I failed because there are no excuses."

Macri said that former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner "has always been controversial."

Juan Mabromata / AFP / Getty Images

"I believe in a different form of politics — my focus is not Cristina, my focus is the future, my focus is convincing Argentinians that we are capable, that ‘yes we can’”

"I have a relationship of more than 20 years with the Argentines," Macri said in his own defense.

Fernanda Corbani / AFP / Getty Images

"I chose [to serve this country], since I had conscience of the world in which we are. So I dedicated myself to public service," he said, citing his presidency of the popular Boca Juniors football club then mayor of Buenos Aires. "And to serve is to give, not to take. "

The wide-ranging interview also touched on Argentina's heartbreaking loss in the 2014 World Cup final. "We'll be fine for the World Cup in Russia," Macri insisted.

Facebook: BuzzFeed Español

"We've had very bad luck. We have a great team with the best player in the world."

Speaking of Lionel Messi, who shockingly quit the national team after a loss in the Copa America, Macri insisted "Messi knows we need him, and that we love him.”

Nils Petter Nilsson / Getty Images

"I spoke with him to congratulate him. I trust, from the knowledge I have, that he will continue. I think he has a deep love for his country, beyond that one moment of frustration. “

"Denying women the right to have an abortion, is not gender violence,” Macri said when asked about it in the context of human rights.

Facebook: buzzFeed Español

"Clandestine abortion is a dramatic issue. No woman under any circumstances must go through an abortion. It is a terrible experience before, during and after,” he said, adding that he wanted Argentines to support what their conscience allowed them to.

"We are more than just Messi and the Pope."

Facebook: BuzzFeed Español

"The ordinary citizen is the most valuable type of Argentine we have. I want every Argentine to live a fulfilling life."

Take a look at the full interview here:

Facebook: video.php

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.