The prime minister, António Costa, assured that there is “total harmony” institutionally and politically with the President of the Republic, even in relation to the focus of both on the presence of the Portuguese team in the European football tournament.

António Costa was speaking at a joint press conference with the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, after being asked about the state of his political and institutional relations with Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

“As usual, the Prime Minister and the President of the Republic are totally in tune and, naturally, around the Portuguese team”, began by answering António Costa.

Next, the prime minister referred that the President of the Republic “could vibrate” at the stadium in Budapest, with Portugal’s victory.

“And I was thrilled through television. Next Saturday, in Munich, we will change positions. I will suffer in Munich and I hope that the President of the Republic celebrates the result of Portugal and Germany through television. But there is complete harmony, even in around the selection.”

On Tuesday, speaking to journalists, António Costa considered that there was a misunderstanding, some “intrigue and confusion” about the idea that he disallowed the President of the Republic in the face of the process of deconfinement, stressing that, by nature, first- ministers do not disallow heads of state.

Earlier, on Monday night in Budapest, the head of state was confronted by journalists with statements made that afternoon by the prime minister in Brussels, according to which no one, not even the President of the Republic, could guarantee that he will not turn back. back in the deconfinement process.

Asked whether he was disallowed by António Costa, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa replied: “By definition, the President is never disowned by the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister is appointed by the President, not the Prime Minister who appoints the President.” stressed.


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