Javier Milei, Mauricio Macri and Patricia Bullrich, in the meeting they had on the night of the runoff
After having denied so much of “the caste”, Javier Milei ended up infected with the same vice of the most traditional political leadership in Argentina: internalism. His first days as President-elect were marked by zigzags, indefinitions and backward steps to define his cabinet and, to make matters worse, this situation was worsened due to the unexpected frictions between Mauricio Macri and Patricia Bullrich, his partners in the Acassuso Pact, due to the differences about how to achieve spaces of power in the libertarian government (or how to achieve them without the burden of any party ally).
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Macri will return this Monday from his trip to Saudi Arabia and both La Libertad Avanza and the PRO hope that he will meet with Milei before he flies to the United States. They will meet face to face to try to get out of the labyrinth in which they entered to formalize the Acassuso Pact: the former president did not get the places he was looking for and the libertarian leader continues to give signs that he prefers to conform to the Peronist Juan Schiaretti or even Bullrich herself individually.
From the “hawks” sector they reported that Macri was interested in enclaves of the new power such as the Ministry of Justice, Infrastructure or the AFIP, but in the face of Milei’s firm refusal he had agreed to place the second and third parties there and in other official agencies. lines.
Javier Milei, with his sister Karina and Victoria Villarruel celebrate the electoral victory (AP Photo)
Some names, such as Luis Caputo, a former official of the Macrista government, arose from the initiative of the president-elect and not from a request from the founder of the PRO. The same thing happened with Omar Yasín, the lawyer who is aligned with Macrism and bullrichism and who will reach the Ministry of Labor, in reality, due to his friendship with Sandra Pettovello, future Minister of Human Capital.
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What ended up irritating the former president was the refusal to allow Cristian Ritondo to be appointed president of the Chamber of Deputies: the appearance on the scene of another candidate, Florencio Randazzo, as a bridge to the Peronism of the interior, put the bond between Macri in crisis. and Milei.
In Macrismo they blame everything on the libertarian political wing, embodied by Guillermo Francos, the future Minister of the Interior, and Nicolás Posse, the designated Chief of Staff. “They want to get Mauricio out of the way, but they don’t realize that it is a mistake if they want to ensure governability,” they roar around the former president. “If this continues like this, we will run,” is the warning that Macri would have given to his trusted collaborators in these hours of political uncertainty.
Mauricio Macri, leaving his surprise meeting with Javier Milei at the Hotel Libertador, the day after the elections (Photo Nicolás Stulberg)
This spirit of rethinking the Acassuso Pact was established last Thursday, at 10, in a video call that Macri facilitated from Saudi Arabia with Fernando de Andreis, his right-hand man, and Bullrich. There, the former president complained about the attempt to elevate Randazzo in the Deputies and considered it a way of practicing “light Kirchnerism.” For Macri, Schiaretti’s former vice presidential candidate is part of the same problems that he had in his government with exponents of dialoguist Peronism that stopped many of his changes.
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It was at that time that Bullrich revealed that she had received an offer to become Minister of Security. She only reported it and did not ask for an opinion on the matter, they clarify in the bullrichism. But Macri bluntly criticized the “parallel talks”, alluding to the proposal received by the head of the PRO, and demanded reaching a “comprehensive agreement” with Milei, without charges accepted personally, as a pressure tool for Ritondo, for example, can preside over the Chamber of Deputies.
Those who know Bullrich assure that he got tired of the way in which Macri sought to monopolize the relationship with Milei and that the trigger for his discomfort occurred last Monday afternoon, when the former president went to the Hotel Libertador, without telling him, to meet alone with the leader of La Libertad Avanza. “If we are in this together, why does he cut himself?” Bullrich told one of his closest friends.
Javier Milei offered Patricia Bullrich the Ministry of Security (Photo Reuters)
Just nine hours before, on the night of the runoff, Macri and Bullrich had gone together to greet Milei at his electoral bunker, they spoke for 20 minutes, immortalized the moment with photos and videos and agreed to meet the next day to advance the formalization. of your agreement. For some reason, however, at the new meeting with Milei he was only one of the PRO leaders. And there, hours before traveling to Saudi Arabia, Macri asked to be the only interlocutor in the negotiations to integrate the cabinet. That, libertarians interpret, was equivalent to asking Bullrich to be removed.
However, with Macri abroad, and monitoring everything remotely, Milei did not stop talking to Bullrich and in one of those talks he told him that he imagined that his government would have two key areas, Economy and Security. “The economy will be very hard and that is why in Security I need someone with experience and who has had achievements in management,” said the libertarian leader as a preamble to his specific offer for him to agree to return to the ministry he led between 2015 and 2019.
Francos and Posse had anticipated this for Bullrich, in a meeting in which she appeared hesitant. Publicly, she distanced herself from her return to that position: “It’s not what I like the most; When you’ve already been in a place, I don’t know if it’s best to return,” he confessed to TN, although he didn’t rule it out: “If someone comes and tells me they want me to be there, I answer that I don’t want to be where I’ve already been, but if They tell me they have no other alternative and that the only person who can solve the problem is me, it is difficult. He puts you in a complex situation. I’m not an obtuse person either.”
Cristian Ritondo and Florencio Randazzo, in a virtual competition to preside over the Chamber of Deputies
The version of the proposal made to Bullrich circulated strongly starting Thursday. And it emerged from the libertarian power plants while Bullrich decided to remain silent, her collaborators do not say a word on the subject and neither confirm nor deny that she met this Saturday with Guillermo Ferraro, designated Minister of Infrastructure, another of Milei’s key men. .
Close to Bullrich they assure that she could not become president of the Nation, which was her great aspiration in politics, and that now she has to help Milei from wherever she is asked, without demands. Although he does not talk about his return to Security, he is putting together a team without some of its main figures, such as Juan Pablo Arenaza, former campaign manager, who will return to his seat as a Buenos Aires legislator until 2025, and Damián Arabia, creator of bullrichismo in the interior, who was elected national deputy for the city of Buenos Aires and wants to defend the cause of “the hawks” in Congress.
These unexpected frictions between Macri and Bullrich intersect with powerful evidence that the internal libertarian is red-hot. Caputo’s eventual landing in the Economy department triggered the resignation of Emilio Ocampo to preside over the Central Bank, while Demián Reidel also left that place. Carolina Píparo went from appointed to removed at Anses in a matter of hours. The offer to Bullrich, meanwhile, generates speculation about what Victoria Villarruel will do, to whom Milei had promised that she would appoint those responsible for Security and Defense. Luis Petri, Bullrich’s running mate, sounds like minister of this last portfolio, who would have the endorsement of the head of the PRO, but would not be Macri’s favorite, much less the vice president-elect.
The libertarian misadventures do not end: a group of elected deputies from La Libertad Avanza decided to reject Randazzo as president of the Lower House. Oscar Zago, Martín Menem, Marcela Pagano and Carlos D’Alessandro are some of the 38 members of the future Milei bloc in Deputies who shared a meal in Las Cañitas to debate a crucial issue of the power structure in Congress and on which They were not consulted.
Deputies of La Libertad Avanza rejected Florencio Randazzo and explained their reasons on social networks
In a flyer that circulates on the networks, without signatures and with the logo of the libertarian party, 8 reasons are detailed why they do not want Randazzo: for example, that “he was minister of Néstor and Cristina Kirchner since 2007 and is a neuralgic part of caste” and that “he is not willing to be the guarantor and executor of the adjustment, privatization and order measures of the National State sent by the Executive Branch.” For this reason, they considered that he “is not a person to be entrusted with such institutional responsibility” and concluded: “The next president of the Chamber of Deputies must be 100% libertarian.”
Even so, they slipped that they would accept Ritondo, who they recognize for his help in supervising the votes in the province of Buenos Aires, as part of an agreement in which the deputies of La Libertad Avanza and the PRO are integrated. Milei has already acknowledged the discomfort of her deputies and called them to a meeting that will take place this Monday, at 8 p.m., at the Hotel Libertador. The legislators assume that he will receive them Francos. Or perhaps the president-elect will do it if he first recomposed the pact with Macri. In any case, there is an incipient climate of rebellion among the milleistas that complicates the assembly of the new power.
“Milei said he came to wake the lions, not to guide the lambs. Well, now don’t complain if the lions have woken up,” one of the libertarian deputies warned Infobae, adding another zoological component to this moment of internal tensions: some of the mileist legislators are also not in agreement with the progress of the ” Gato” Macri and “Pato” Bullrich in the next government. It seems clear that, whether they are “caste” or not, politicians are part of the same fauna.