It wasn’t dinner. No coffee either. Just a glass of diet coke on the table. Before ten-thirty on Tuesday night, Javier Milei, his sister Karina and Guillermo Francos They entered the house Mauricio Macri in Acassuso, north of Buenos Aires, invited by the host and by Patricia Bullrich.
Half an hour later they were together Diego Santilli and Cristian Ritondoinvited by the former president. A small G7, part and witness to a meeting that many try to keep under lock and key but it was leaked and where an electoral political agreement was cooked that still needs to be adjusted in some points.
This is the second time the former president has received the libertarian leader at his home, however the second time he saw her in person: The first two years ago, when Milei met him, Bullrich also accompanied him. Most of the conversations they have during this time are by phone, or by call, or on Whatsapp.
Put limits on Massa’s ambition
The meeting, which all members described as friendly, was almost a Bullrich monologuewith specific interventions from Macri, Milei’s opinions on specific topics and the almost complete silence of his brother. “They say very little”those who meet Milei for the first time always say.
Like public speaking, Bullrich is direct. He whitewashed his decision to support Milei in the runoff, forgetting the recent animosities between the two, but above all emphasizing an argument that Macri agreed with.
“If we let Massa win he will cause damage like Kirchner did, It eats us half PRO and more than half radicalism, will replace the Justice and manage the Supreme Court. “He’s alive, he’s not an idiot,” Bullrich’s straightforward message.
Milei’s offer and Macri’s caution
Milei, with her sister, went to the summit of Acassuso.
When it was his turn, Milei told them that she was ready to negotiate important positions in a government his as long as the PRO agrees to support his candidacy. “This is not the time to talk about that, first you win the election,” Macri calmed him down.
The former president had differences with Bullrich’s methods and times in communicating support for Milei, which he made clear on Wednesday at noon in a press conference. before, Macri He listens to her and endorses her, privately, although she also gives him the nuances of how to negotiate that deal. That’s why He asked him to make the announcement in his personal capacity.with his running mate Luis Petri and without the involvement of other PROs.
Macri confirmed his support for Milei in the coming days, but at some point he chooses to stay on his own. Although he told the libertarian that it is not yet time to negotiate positions, he knows that what will happen must guarantee the party, management above all, and management of important management areas if elected Miley.
Resentment of the decision without consultation
The summit night owl of Acassuso This did not sit well with the other members of the small PRO tableespecially Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, the most fractious within the party about closing an agreement with the economist, who always disqualified him in the campaign and outside it.
This inconvenience, to a large extent, led to the suspension of the summit scheduled for 11 at the headquarters in Balcarce Street, although in fact at the same time the same actors, and others who joined, met at home by Bullrich in Palermo. THERE Patricia announced her decisionwhich he emphasized, his and also Petri’s, is almost more PRO than radical at this time.
In that meeting, exactly 12 hours after the exclusive summit at Macri’s houseall those present had their chance to express themselves, and beyond Larreta, others agreed that in any way the victory would be easier for Massa and therefore for Kirchnerism.
There is absolute consensus, they say, to work on the unity of the PRO, a priority in these shaky days where There is almost no discussion about the future of Together for Change. For most members of the yellow party The division of the alliance is almost a matter of judgmentbecause they understand that beyond the fact that radicalism expresses itself without regard to the runoff, there are party leaders who strengthen the relationship with Massa.
Last Sunday, in the middle of the bunker in Parque Norte, the definitive schism happened, they believe. A version that has been widely circulated is that when Bullrich arrived, around 8:30 in the evening, he assured that there was no possibility of the election being overturned.
Gerardo Morales and Martín Lousteauthe greatest radical leaders today, would have asked him that in his speech taught against Mileiwho relentlessly attacked radicalism throughout the campaign.
On the contrary, Bullrich directed all his criticism against Massa. Morales got off the stage, Lousteau didn’t even get on. Less than 72 hours after the election, they confirmed that the differences between Macri and Bullrich are irrevocable.