In what is probably the most unexpected piece of news of the day, Clarín reported that President Mauricio Macri held a phone conversation with now former President of the United States, Barack Obama, who, in even more unexpected news, told Macri that he’ll be making a trip back to the country in February 2018.
According to the outlet, which says confirmed the information with “high official sources,” the two talked about their families and Obama apologized for not having been able to make it to the Southern region of the country, where Macri had invited him to. The President likely invited him to the “Cumelén Country Club,” where he usually spends his vacations. Obama did spend a day in Bariloche after his two-day state visit to Argentina in March last year.
In another account of the 10-minute-long phone call, Obama confirmed he will come to the country in February 2018, although he didn’t specify what will be the reason for his trip. Obama’s state visit last year was an important diplomatic pat on the back for the Macri administration, which made it of recomposing the bilateral relations with the United States the cornerstone of its foreign policy.
The Argentine government hoped — as well as most other administrations in the world, except for maybe Russia — that Hillary Clinton would win the presidency to ensure the countries’ bilateral relations would continue down the same amicable path, and made it very clear while Clinton was on the campaign trail.
However, after Donald Trump ended up taking the White House, the Government set was quick to adapt. A few days after his victory, Macri called Trump to congratulate him and express his desire to expand the countries’ relations. Faithful to his style, Trump told Macri that Argentina is a ‘great country’ and that both countries will have the ‘closest relationship’ in their history.