Yesterday, the Argentine Ambassador to the US Fernando Oris de Roa presented his credentials to President Donald Trump. Gleefully cheering, “Mauricio, Mauricio!” to a man named Fernando, Trump made reference to President Macri, who has known the US President personally for over 25 years. The ceremony was short and sweet as Trump departed for Davos to join Macri and other world leaders at the World Economic Forum.
Trump, knowing the US-Argentine history with the citrus fruit, exclaimed, “Lemons, lemons, lemons!” to the new ambassador. Previously during Macri’s trip to the White House in April, Trump was quoted as saying, “One of the reason’s he’s here is about lemons… I’ll tell him about North Korea and he’ll tell me about lemons.” Smiling, Oris de Roa remarked that Trump might not know, but Oris de Roa himself was actively involved in the process. The ambassador had a long tenure in the private sector, particularly in the fruit industry.
“It was really nice,” Oris de Roa told Clarin. But of course, he noted that there’s “much more than lemons” in the bilateral relations. The ambassador added that he looks to work to foster further relations between Argentine and American societies in sectors like politics, science, education, and technology.
He signaled his desire to work with legislators and businessmen as he says that “the Argentine agenda is not new, but it is important to see the agenda from the other side. If we can’t see what is necessary on their end, it is difficult to move forward.”
He says he has “very high expectation” in the commercial sector, and that within the US, Argentina “politically has a green light.” It’s just a matter of some technical questions and concerns. In terms of a short-term priority he hopes to negotiate further entry for Argentine beef, which would be a relief for those carnivores headed to Argentine parrillas throughout the US in search of a specific craving, only to find the meat from the other side of the Rio de la Plata.
One of Oris de Roa’s first visitors from the homeland will be Security Minister Patricia Bullrich, who will be in Washington February 7-9th. Bullrich will visit the offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), as well as the Department of Homeland Security.
The Minister intends to meet with her American counterparts to discuss common goals such as regional security, in addition to security plans for the G-20 which will take place in Argentina at the end of 2018.