Trump tells Milei he plans to visit, president-elect’s team announces

The former U.S. president spoke to the libertarian economist over the phone and congratulated him on his election win

Donald Trump promised to visit Argentina and meet with Javier Milei during a phone call Wednesday night, the president-elect’s team announced via a press release. The statement added that the former U.S. president congratulated him on his election win and that his victory had a “large impact worldwide.” 

The release did not say whether Trump would attend Milei’s inauguration or offer any timeline for the visit. The last time Trump was in Argentina was in 2018 for the G20 summit, when he and Mauricio Macri were presidents of the United States and Argentina, respectively. 

Current U.S. President Joe Biden also spoke with Milei on Wednesday. “The two leaders discussed the importance of continuing to build on the strong relationship between the United States and Argentina on economic issues, on regional and multilateral cooperation, and on shared priorities,” said a White House communiqué.

According to Diana Mondino, who is expected to be Milei’s foreign minister, Biden said he would be unable to attend the inauguration due to prior commitments. 

Trump had already saluted Milei’s Sunday win via a video posted Tuesday on the social media site X (formerly Twitter). “A very special congratulations to Javier Milei on a great race for president of Argentina. The whole world was watching, and I am very proud of you. You will turn your country around,” he said.

According to journalist and TV host Luis Majul, Brazilian deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro brokered the contact between Trump and Argentina’s president-elect. Milei confirmed this in a reply to Majul’s post on X.

Bolsonaro, son of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, came to Argentina for the general election on October 22 to support Milei and La Libertad Avanza (LLA). Milei has been vocal in his admiration for leaders like Trump and Jair Bolsonaro in the past, saying that his alignment with both of them “comes naturally” to him.


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