Argentina’s president apologises for ‘disgusting’ tweet: ‘I didn’t mean it’

Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri has apologised for his offensive tweet mocking President Maurizio Zepeda, saying it was not meant to be taken seriously.

The president, in a series of tweets on Tuesday, had accused Zepeta of being a “traitor to his country”.

“I have always been in the habit of saying things like this.

I didn’t say it as a joke,” Macri said.

“I know that it is disgusting.

I also know that the president of Argentina is a good person, a decent person, but that doesn’t mean that he should be treated like that,” he said.

The Argentine president has said he will seek to hold a referendum on the constitutional amendment to allow Zepes election in 2018.

The referendum has been repeatedly delayed, though the country’s Supreme Court has recently agreed to review the law allowing it to proceed.