UPDATE: Macri and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio led a service this afternoon in memory of those who lost their lives in last week’s terrorist attack in lower Manhattan.
Speaking about the attack, Macri said, “This has to unite us more. Five families were destroyed by this event and this has to unite us more. It has to confirm our commitment to peace. And the best way to keep fighting for peace is to continue with our lives, because what these people want is to stop us. We are going to show them from our love that there is another way to face life.”
“Terrorism does not distinguish between borders and countries or nationalities. This is why today we are reunited in this tragedy.”
He finished with: “I am happy because this gives us an opportunity to work together with love.”
President Macri touched down in New York City, where he will spend the next few days trying to win over Wall Street’s heart and convince its companies to invest in Argentina.
However, before beginning his quest for investments, Macri will first attend a memorial service at the site of last week’s tragic terror attack on the West Side High Bike Path in TriBeca. Accompanied by his wife, Juliana Awada, Macri will join New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio to say a few words and pay tribute to the five old high-school classmates who lost their lives after being hit by a truck driven by Uzbek Sayfullo Saipov, who was charged with terrorism.
The family of Martín Marro, a member of the group who survived the attack but remains hospitalized, will be in attendance, as well as Guillermo Banchini, another Argentine survivor of the attack.
The bodies of the five Rosarinos who were killed – Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damián Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernán Ferruchi – arrived in Rosario today, along with their families.
Following the conclusion of the memorial service, Macri will begin the business portion of his trip.
He will try to ride the wave of momentum created by the victory of his party, Cambiemos, in October’s midterm elections to achieve his goal of attracting foreign investment to Argentina.
Macri will begin by eating lunch with a group of CEOs and potential investors, before sitting down for a meeting with Andrew N. Liveris, the CEO of the Dow Chemical Company. Macri will then speak with Elaine Feeney, Amazon’s Vice-President of Global Expansion Infrastructure.
On Tuesday, Macri will have the opportunity to meet with former New York City mayor (and billionaire CEO of Bloomberg L.P.) Michael Bloomberg, as well as the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres.
Historically, Argentina has not been a sure bet when it comes to investments. By promising that his administration will implement the necessary reforms to change, and assuring that his victory in the midterms gave him the political capital to do so, Macri looks to reverse this trend.