Former President Donald Trump has announced plans to visit with Javier Milei, the newly elected president of Argentina who has been unofficially dubbed “South America’s Trump.”
The office for Milei said on Thursday that he had spoken with President Trump about travel arrangements for the near future, according to the Associated Press. Although the spokesperson did not give a date when the two would meet in Buenos Aires, it may not be long after the libertarian leader is sworn in on December 10th.
“The president-elect received a call last night from the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, who congratulated him and pointed out his triumph by a wide margin in last Sunday’s election had a great impact on a global scale,” a news release from Milei’s office said.
Luis Majul, an Argentianian journalist, first reported the news on X, writing that the son of former Brazilian president Jair Bolsanaro facilitated the call. “That’s right,” Milei posted in response.
The call came just hours after Milei spoke with President Joe Biden whose office said the two discussed “the strong relationship between the United States and Argentina on economic issues, on regional and multilateral cooperation, and on shared priorities, including advocating for the protection of human rights, addressing food insecurity and investing in clean energy.”
Shortly after Milei’s victory, President Trump posted a video on Truth Social congratulating his South American counterpart and expressed hope the two could work together if he defeats President Joe Biden.
“The whole world was watching and I am very proud of you, that you will turn your country around and truly make Argentina great again. Congratulations,” said Trump.
Milei, a self-described “anarcho-capitalist” who believes in dismantling huge swaths of his nation’s federal bureaucracy, was interviewed by Tucker Carlson earlier this year where he expounded on the damage he believes liberals have done to his country.
“Argentina is a country that has embraced socialist ideas for the last 100 years” which has led to uncontrollable inflation rivaling some of the world’s most desperate failed states, said Milei. Like frogs in a boiling pot of water, Argentinians have grown so accustomed to a stifling lack of freedom that the elites opposing him cannot comprehend another, freer way of life.
Corruption and runaway inflation have left Argentinians hungry for reform, and Milei — a trained economist and former rock musician — said he believes voters are finally ready to turn away from socialism after 100 years.
“Never embrace the ideals of socialism. Never allow yourselves to be seduced by the siren song of social justice,” he said.
“I’m convinced that what I’m doing is right,” added Milei. “Life without freedom is not worth living.”
He has called on President Trump to “continue with his fight against socialism, because he’s one of the few who fully understood that the battle is against socialism, that the battle is against the statists.”