On the build up to the US elections, Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra — who, as with the rest of the Argentine government, had openly endorsed Hillary Clinton — said that should Donald Trump become President, the Macri administration would have to “adapt” to the circumstances.
Trump is set to become the 45th President of the United States and the Argentine government didn’t waste any time in starting to adapt. Just a week after the US presidential election Malcorra — under heavy fire for leaving diplomatic caution aside and speaking in favor of Clinton — managed to arrange a phone conversation between Argentina’s president and the United States’ future head of state.
Macri congratulated Trump on his victory and, according to the press release issued by the Argentine government, “both remembered their historic relationship and commitment to working on a shared agenda for both countries’ growth.” Trump is on record saying “Argentina is a great country and our countries will have their closest relationship in history,” faithful to his style.
A few hours later, Malcorra recounted details from the conversation in an interview with Radio El Mundo and assured the press that Trump and Macri will hold a meeting in the not so distant future. The Foreign Minister reported that the communication between the two leaders “was cordial” and things flowed because “the relationship already existed and came back naturally.”
Malcorra was making reference to the fact that, when he still worked with his father Franco, President Macri did business with Trump in the 1970s and 80s when they tried to build a skyscraper in New York together, an endeavor which turned out to never come to fruition. Macri and Trump even played golf during the negotiations, though there are different versions of what the game’s outcome was.
In his book “Conversations with my grandchildren,” Franco Macri claims his son beat the American real estate mogul in the last hole, which caused the latter to break his clubs one by one. Journalist Santiago Fioriti, however, argues that Macri was ahead during the entire game but let Trump won as a business tactic.
In regards to the conversation’s content, the foreign minister went on to explain that “both talked about the importance of having a common agenda” and highlighted that “President Macri communicated Argentina’s vision of opening up to the world.” He may have some work to do on that front in retrospect. “The President-elect told President Macri he expected to have him in the White House soon,” according to the foreign minister.
When consulted about the protectionist policies Trump promised to enact, Malcorra showed some caution and pointed out that “we will have to see if the campaign’s rhetoric translates into policy.”
“The change of administration in the United States doesn’t change our state policy,” added Malcorra. Her statements confirm that boosting the bilateral relations with the northern country are still one of the country’s main foreign policy goals and that the government will probably be more prone to join the voices that are asking Trump be given a chance to govern.
Another voice joining the chorus asking the world to give Trump a shot comes from actor Ricardo Darín, who despite not inhabiting the political world typically, provides a stable and balanced opinion when consulted on pressing issues. “Everyone depicts him as a monster, a degenerate. I’m actually not that sure it’s like that,” he said.
Moreover, Darin assured he doesn’t think Trump will follow through with the promises made on the campaign trail: “he won’t do it, nor he is interested in doing it, I’m almost certain. I think this was a ‘meta message’ aimed at people upset at the political system. He is talking, however, about an ultra-nationalism that in many case is worrying,” he concluded.