Sánchez in New York: 'I want to be remembered for the response to the pandemic and digital transformation'

Pedro Sanchez I would like to go down in the history of Spain for the response of its Government to the pandemic and for the digital and ecological transformation that the country “must undertake.” This is what the president has confessed in the interview-colloquium organized by Reuters at the Cervantes Institute of New York.

In a long conversation with the editor of the news agency, Sánchez has saved the headlines for last, because at the beginning he made a speech that he had learned well – the same one he gave in the interview this morning in Morning Joe: “we need the collaboration of the American private sector”, “in Spain there are no anti-vaccine movements”, “we are the world leader in renewable energies”, etc.

The main course came later, when the president boasted of the stability of the coalition government (“so far, so good“, which comes to mean” so far, so good “) and has blamed the opposition for having limited itself to” shouting “while they were dedicated to” comply “. In fact, Sánchez has defined himself as “a politician who complies”.

“We leaders have to base ourselves on the facts. It is the great difference between the opposition and the government: we achieve results, we attract investment and Spain is doing very well at a very difficult time in our history.” And what will be next? “The national budget”.

For the rest, Sánchez has used his command of English to escape the insistent questions of the journalist. Thus, it has not given details about what it expects to obtain from North American investors, nor has it given a concrete answer to what opinion the United States’ position deserves with regard to Morocco O Cuba.

The president has dodged both challenges with diplomacy and has assured, firstly, that he had gone to the country to “explain” its Recovery Plan and, secondly, he said to “respect” the position of the administration of Joe Biden towards these countries, but pointing out that “the framework of the European Union is different.”

Sánchez’s tour

Pedro Sánchez began his tour of the United States this Wednesday with an interview with the program Morning Joe, in which the president has boasted of a female quota in his Government (after the recent remodeling, he has 64% women in the Council of Ministers and four vice-presidents) and has attacked the former president Donald Trump, who has been ugly to perceive the European Union “as a kind of enemy” for the interests of the North American country.

In addition, he has been confident that Spain will achieve 70% of vaccinated before the end of the summer.

After the interview, which has aroused passions among (supposedly) North American users, Sánchez has met with investors, with the co-founder of Bloomberg and with the CEO of BlackRock, Larry Fink.

The Prime Minister will remain on US soil until next Saturday. These days, it aims to put Spain and its companies on the radar of investments that are beginning to prosper globally for recovery in the post-covid era. The goal, not easy, collect 2,000 million euros.

The agenda includes representatives of investment funds, the tech giants of Silincon Valley O Netflix, but does not include the president of the United States, Joe Biden, with whom Sánchez has only shared a 20-meter journey at the NATO summit on June 20.

From Moncloa they hide in that the nature of the tour is not political but economic, and they assure that they will leave for “later” a meeting in conditions between the North American president and the head of the Spanish Executive.

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