With distance and without favorites: how the Argentine government continues the US election

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From the Casa Rosada and the Foreign Ministry they avoid speaking out in favor of Trump or Biden. They say it is “indifferent.”

An extreme attitude of distance and caution prevails in these hours in the Argentine government in the face of the overwhelming electoral machinery of the United States that prevented knowing on November 3 who will be the president of that country from January 20, 2021.

Throughout these months from the Casa Rosada they imposed a maxim that does not always apply to other causes, but that in the case of the US elections was strictly adhered to: not expressing an opinion on being the favorite for the Alberto Fernández administration. Neither Donald Trump nor Joseph Biden.

On the one hand, they emphasize that they seek a clear difference with the repeated pronouncement of Jair Bolsonaro in favor of Trump’s re-election. By the way, this alliance between the Brazilian and the American left the Kirchner administration of various regional issues out of the picture: the election of Mauricio Claver Carone as president of the Inter-American Development Bank, the reelection of Luis Almagro in the OAS, the systematic isolation by Nicolás Maduro when we have the information. Meetings between Bolsonaro and Trump, the recent trip of Mike Pompeo to Brazil and the signing of trade agreements.

However, in the Government they also mischievously point out that important mistake made by the administration of Mauricio Macri when betting on the Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign, which crowned Trump president.

Today Argentina needs as a priority the future US administration to support it in the process of renegotiations with the IMF. These are negotiations carried out by Minister Martín Guzmán and although it has a technical nature, it is a highly political process. And it has an urgent need to attract capital, in a context that given the changing rules here confuses and alienates investors.

The Fernández government is not exactly an ally of the United States on regional issues. The crisis in Venezuela is an example of the tensions that prevail with the axis that Washington and Brasilia command so far, and that it will hardly change too much focus if Biden assumes.

On the other hand, Argentina led the front that opposed the election of an American as president of the IDB. But everyone knows that at this stage of the game, Claver Carone – who took office on October 1 – will not be in office. But Washington could be asked that the new Claver Carone BID not take “revenge” with those who did not vote for it or with those who have privileged relations with China, such as the Argentine case.

The decision-making plants in external matters after Fernández – who spoke only once by phone with Trump when he was elected at the end of 2019 – are in the Secretary of Strategic Affairs, under the command of Gustavo Béliz – who competed with Claver Carone in the IDB, and the Chancellery. Here, with nuances, Minister Felipe Solá and his Chief of Cabinet Guillermo Justo Chaves speak, who upon his arrival to the Presidency leads the political management of the ministry. “Whether Trump or Biden win, it will not affect relations between the different countries in a decisive way. For the United States we are not a priority”, pointed to Clarion Chaves noting the “indifferent” of the result at the local level.

On the other, Kirchnerism today is a government coalition with a notable gap between the sectors of the center and those that are further to the left. That tips the balance equally for Trump and Biden. One example suffices: the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Sergio Massa, met this Monday, the day before the US elections, with Ambassador Edward Prado. It was quite a gesture with the excuse that Massa and the ambassador in Washington, Jorge Argüello, are putting together the future parliamentary group of the two countries.

The event contrasts markedly with the onslaught that Senator Oscar Parrilli carried out against Prado during a chamber session last September. “Obviously, if this Trump ambassador came to help, he did a lot of damage and the truth is that the best thing to do is shut up and not meddle in the internal affairs of Argentina,” the Neuquén told him, who does not take any steps without authorization. by Cristina Kirchner when we have the information Parrilli was angry because the diplomat had given a speech asking for autonomy and respect for the work of judges and the judiciary.

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