Argentina’s Javier Milei to meet Elon Musk during US visit

The SpaceX and Tesla chief exec has expressed admiration for Argentina’s libertarian leader, and the country authorized his Starlink satellite internet provider in February

President Javier Milei will meet with SpaceX CEO and X owner Elon Musk during the Argentine president’s visit to the United States this week, administration officials revealed on Tuesday. The meeting is scheduled for Saturday at the Tesla Giga Texas factory in Austin. 

In February, the National Communications Entity (ENACOM, by its Spanish acronym) authorized the satellite internet provider Starlink to operate in Argentina. In addition to SpaceX, X and Tesla, Musk also serves as the company’s CEO.

At the time, Presidential Spokesman Manuel Adorni said that the decision would create “greater freedom, investment, and competition in the satellite internet market.” Adorni also declared that the move signaled Argentina’s “return to the center of the international debate and to having mature relationships with free countries.”

Milei has separately indicated that Musk has expressed interest in Argentina’s lithium reserves.

Musk has long been an admirer of the Argentine president. Shortly after Milei defeated then Economy Minister Sergio Massa in November’s runoff election, the Paypal co-founder tweeted, “Prosperity is ahead for Argentina.” The message was published in response to an account called “End Wokeness,” which had posted a picture of Milei standing in front of a Gadsden flag.

In January, Musk again “praised” the self-styled anarchocapitalist, this time in a tweet containing an image of a man and woman engaged in sexual intercourse, with the man watching a video of Milei’s address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

During his trip to the United States, Milei will make an appearance at the Chabad Lubavitch synagogue “The Shul, Our Jewish Home” in Miami, Florida, and meet with the president of the Inter-American Development Bank, Ilan Goldfajn. On Saturday, he will depart for Denmark, where he will participate in a ceremony to celebrate the acquisition of several F-16 fighter jets, among other activities.


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