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Argentine President Alberto Fernandez triggered a Twitter storm and a regional race debate on Wednesday with misjudged feedback to visiting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez that sought to play up the South American nation’s ties with Europe.

“The Mexicans got here from the Indians, the Brazilians got here from the jungle, however we Argentines got here from the ships. They usually had been ships that got here from Europe,” Fernandez mentioned, referring to the nation’s many European migrants. He later apologized for the feedback and mentioned his nation’s variety was one thing to be pleased with.

Fernandez appears to have taken the phrase from a music by native musician Lito Nebbia, of whom the President has declared himself an admirer on a couple of event.

The feedback sparked a viral response on social media, with many criticizing Fernandez for racial insensitivity.

“I didn’t imply to offend anybody, in any case, whoever has felt offended or invisible, I give my apologies,” Fernandez mentioned on Twitter.

Brazilian media ran Fernandez’s statements on Wednesday and lots of on social media joked that right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro would get pleasure from getting again on the left-wing Argentine chief.

Bolsonaro obliged by tweeting {a photograph} of himself sporting a local head-dress, smiling amongst a gaggle of indigenous folks. The one textual content in tweet was the phrase “JUNGLE” in capital letters, flanked by a Brazilian flag emoji.

Eduardo Bolsonaro, a congressman and the Brazilian president’s son, slammed the feedback as “racist” and shot a retort again at Argentina over its troubled economic system, in recession since 2018.

“I say the ship that’s sinking is that of Argentina,” he posted on Twitter.

Netizens on YouTube posted replies beneath a video of the speech, expressing anger or unease.

“Excuse me, Mexican and Brazilian mates, on behalf of all Argentines we really feel lots of embarrassment. You know the way a lot we love you, and your nations and customs,” mentioned one person beneath the title Barbara Bongiovanni.

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