Javier Milei to meet with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan in Washington

Members of the president-elect’s team will also meet with IMF head Kristalina Georgieva

Updated at 1:45 p.m.

President-elect Javier Milei will meet with top members of the U.S. National Security Council Jake Sullivan and Juan Gonzalez on Tuesday in Washington DC. In addition, two members of his team will also meet International Monetary Fund (IMF) head Kristalina Georgieva.

Sullivan is the U.S. National Security Adviser, while Gonzalez is special assistant to President Joe Biden and the National Security Council senior director for the western hemisphere.

Although it was expected that Milei would meet Georgieva in person, instead soon-to-be Chief of Staff Nicolás Posse and expected Economy Minister Luis “Toto” Caputo will hold a meeting with her and Deputy Director Gita Gopinath, sources from La Libertad Avanza (LLA) told the Herald.

Milei had a virtual meeting with Georgieva on Saturday. In a post on X, he said they had “an excellent conversation” where they talked about “the great economic challenge our country is facing.” Georgieva expressed the lender’s desire to cooperate with Argentina’s new government.

Argentina is the IMF’s largest debtor nation. Former president Mauricio Macri — who backed Milei before the run-off and is now one of his major allies — took a US$45 billion loan in 2018.

On Tuesday, Georgieva said the IMF is “very keen” to support Argentina and that the country could be a candidate to receive financing through its Resilience and Sustainability Trust (RST). On Monday, sources from LLA said the scheduled meetings weren’t aimed at negotiating new loans with any lender.

Milei ended the New York leg of his pre-innaguration trip to the US Monday with a lunch with former US President Bill Clinton and ex Democratic Senator Chris Dodd. The three met at a New York hotel, where the Argentine libertarian far-right economist told them about his “reform plan for Argentina,” Milei’s press office said in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

Following this encounter, Milei headed to Washington DC, for his scheduled Tuesday meetings.

Biden’s spokesman, John Kirby, confirmed on Monday that “unfortunately” the president would not be meeting Milei “because he will be traveling across the country.”

“We want to continue to look for ways to cooperate with Argentina,” Kirby said during a press conference. “We’re looking forward to hearing what the president-elect’s ideas are and where he wants to go on policy issues, and making sure that we have a chance to keep that channel of communication open.”

Milei’s trip started on Monday with a visit to the Ohel, a Jewish monumental tomb where the Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson — also known as the Lubavitcher Rebbe — is buried. Milei had already been there in August, before the primaries.

Aside from Posse and Caputo, Milei’s delegation includes Gerardo Werthein, Argentina’s prospective Ambassador to the US; current U.S. Ambassador to Argentina, Marc Stanley; adviser Santiago Caputo; and Karina Milei, Milei’s right hand and sister.

Earlier on Monday, Reuters reported that a previously announced visit to Buenos Aires by former US President Donald Trump is unlikely to happen, according to a source close to Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign.

Milei’s press office also confirmed Tuesday that Eduardo Rodríguez Chirillo will be Milei’s Energy Secretariat in a post on X.

— with information from Télam and Reuters.


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