Republican lawmakers within the U.S. are heaping well-wishes on Argentina’s newly elected president, a self-described “anarcho-capitalist” they are saying poses an “existential threat to progressives.”
Javier Milei has been in comparison with former President Donald Trump for his bombastic methods. He’s promised to slash authorities spending in Argentina by 15% and change the nation’s forex with the U.S. greenback, amongst different reforms.
Right-wing U.S. officers had been fast to reward his victory on Sunday. Elected Democrats had been largely silent, nevertheless.
“Here’s the most compelling reason why American progressives detest Javier Milei: If Argentina can elect a government with a mandate to restrain and downsize government, so can we,” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, mentioned after the win. “It’ll work there. And then here. That, my friends, is an existential threat to progressives.”
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Rep. Mike Collins, R-Ga., praised him, “Congratulations to President-elect [Milei]. Hopefully, this will be the first of many wins for freedom and democracy against socialism in Latin America.”
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Mike McCaul, R-Texas, referred to as Milei’s win “decisive” and mentioned, “I look forward to a promising new chapter for this bilateral relationship in addressing rampant corruption, Chinese encroachment, and other shared priorities together.”
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Trump additionally congratulated him on his TruthSocial web page, “Congratulations to Javier Milei on a great race for President of Argentina.”
“The whole world was watching! I am very proud of you. You will turn your Country around and truly Make Argentina Great Again!” Trump wrote.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., additionally prolonged well-wishes.
Milei, a libertarian economist, campaigned on a platform pushing smaller authorities as a way to obtain financial success. He has made public appearances wielding a chainsaw as a logo of his want to chop spending.
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Argentina, South America’s second-largest financial system, is at present in the midst of a crippling financial disaster. Inflation within the month of October shot previous 140% there.
In addition to calling for a drastic overhaul of Argentina’s authorities, together with abolishing the Central Bank, Milei can also be a local weather change skeptic and has referred to as to outlaw abortion.
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An interview clip of Milei, which has been broadly shared on social media and has grow to be emblematic of his marketing campaign, reportedly interprets him as saying, “You can’t give s— leftards an inch… If you think differently, they will kill you.”
Among the one congratulatory messages from a Democratic official got here from U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“We congratulate [Milei] on his election as President of Argentina. We look forward to continuing bilateral cooperation based on shared values and interests,” Blinken mentioned in a press release.