Argentine president, Mauricio Macri, will have a phone call with his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump today at 6:15 PM. The conversation is set to last 15 minutes and will be the first official contact between the two heads of state since Trump took office.
In an interview with Radio Mitre, Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña said that “it’s a call they asked for in the context of the new administration.” He clarified that they haven’t defined the topics that will be discussed yet, but the U.S Department of Agriculture’s decision to suspend the rule that temporarily allowed the import of Argentine lemons for 60 days and the trip to the up north Macri intends to take in April will probably make it to the list.
As for pressure — the bar for the conversation is not set all that high, considering the conversation the U.S. President has had with other heads of state: Macri only has to get Trump to not hang up on him, like he did with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Macri spoke with Trump over the phone on November 14 to congratulate him on his victory in the U.S. elections. Back then, Macri expressed his intention to “sit down and start a dialogue to strengthen the bilateral relationship both nations forged” since he took office. Trump, faithful to his style, told Macri that Argentina is a ‘great country’ and that both countries will have the ‘closest relationship’ in their history.