Patricia Bullrich and Luis Petri will back Milei’s presidential campaign on a personal level, they announced at a press conference Wednesday morning, immediately following an urgent meeting of the PRO party leadership.
In response to a question from the Herald, Bullrich said that she and the libertarian economist have decided to “forgive each other.”
“Yesterday I had a meeting with Javier Milei where we had a conversation in private about those statements, and we forgave each other mutually,” she told the Herald. “We think that today, our homeland needs us to be capable of forgiving each other, because what’s at stake is very important. It was in private, a chat between the two of us, and I think it’s right for us to keep it private, but it was an apology that I think was sincere.”
The libertarian firebrand had previously accused Bullrich of being a guerrilla member and planting a bomb in a kindergarten, prompting her to file a criminal complaint. Milei did not apologize for the comments in a subsequent interview, even when asked directly.
Among the reasons for her decision, Bullrich added that “if Kirchnerism wins, JxC will be completely dissolved.”
“We already know of their extortive practices […] with which they try and generate governability problems in provinces and cities run by JxC leaders. We think that with this position, we are allowing JxC to not fall hostage to a new transversality like [Néstor] Kirchner created between 2003 and 2005,” she said, referring to the late president’s alliance with different coalitions after he took office.
After the press conference, Milei posted an image on X, formerly Twitter, of a duck and a lion, animals that represent Bullrich and Milei, wrapped in the Argentine flag and embracing.