Macri seeks to balance the scales and meets again with Larreta

One week after the meeting he had with Patricia Bullrich, Mauricio Macri will meet with Horacio Rodríguez Larretain an attempt to balance the balance of the internal PRO, which seems to be at its boiling point.

The meeting between the former president and the Buenos Aires head of government It will be this Tuesday afternoon at the house of Macri the country Cumelén, in Villa La Angostura. For now, Nobody dares to affirm if there will be a Macri-Larreta photosince in the contacts they had between last December 31 and January 6, there were talks alone, but without photographers present.

Due to the latter, it was striking that the meeting between Macri and Bullrich included a photo of both of them with their partners, which some wanted to understand as a gesture of explicit support for the head of the party.

While, Rodríguez Larreta comes from spending a few days off in San Martín de los Andes, after his tour of the Atlantic coast. The Buenos Aires mayor’s idea was to return to the City again on Sunday, but there was a change of plans and he decided to stay -with his partner- Monday and Tuesday in the Patagonian area. Although there is no official confirmation, it is presumed that the reason for the “delay” was the confirmation of the meeting in Cumelén, 100 kilometers from where Larreta vacationed.

This Tuesday will be the fifth meeting between the leaders of Cambiemos so far this year. From the environment of the head of the Buenos Aires Government they confirmed that they saw each other about four times in the last time: there were two one-on-one meetings and other social gatherings, with relatives and mutual friends such as Luis “Toto” Caputo, former Finance Minister and member of the economic group that financed the leader of the far-right group Revolución Federal with a strange carpentry job for 14 million. There was no “witness” photo of any of these meetings, so there is expectation as to what will happen in the next few hours.


Last Monday, a few days after returning from his vacation in Brazil, Patricia Bullrich traveled to Cumelén to meet with Macri. The former president invited her to spend two days at his house in the south; she specially asked that she be accompanied by her husband; She agreed to take a photo of both of them with her partners, which she even posted on her Instagram account, and she even asked the PRO owner to postpone her return to Buenos Aires for a few hours to continue talking and having lunch together.

From the hard wing of the PRO they celebrated that Macri’s preferential treatment towards his political boss, but they were quick to clarify that there was not and will not be any expression that denotes support for their presidential project.

Nevertheless, Bullrich herself took care of being the broadcaster of the photo with Macri, disguised as a thank you for the invitation, and to make a difference with Larreta: “Thank you Mauricio and Juliana for receiving us these days. I appreciate the warmth and clarity of the ideas. We are going to put Argentina on the right path,” shared the He ministers on his social networks, in a mixture of social message and political message.

Then, in dialogue with related media, he commented on some details of the meeting and the conversation he had with the former president, but without much detail: “With Mauricio Macri we had a meeting of great depth, that allowed us to work on the change and courage that the country needs,” Bullrich said. And he slipped that many of the criticisms they shared were against the Minister of Economy, Sergio Massa (to whom Bullrich always endows his friendship with Larreta): ” We are going to face Massa’s traps and explain the bomb that is brewing in the economy,” he said.

And he added: “We were talking about the future of Argentina. About something that we want to alert the people about what Massa is doing, about how they are fattening a problem, with more inflation, more pesos and more debt.” because for that they have to make decisions they don’t want to make,” he said.

Finally, he indirectly referred to Macri’s possible candidacy for the next elections, and according to what he said, due to some things that the former president hinted at, he will not run. But they were all comments in passing.

What is certain and concrete for the moment is that Bullrich bets strongly to keep the majority of the hard votes that Macri would go and, although the last meeting they had was not a formal support, he feels that he has them almost assured.

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