Monday, November 21, 2016

Donald Trump talks to Argentine President Mauricio Macri

Argentine President Mauricio Macri popped up again in Trump news this week.

Gabriel Debendetti and Matthew Nussbaum report for Politico, Argentine president denies Trump asked for business favor 11/21/16:

Jorge Lanata, an Argentine journalist, said on his show Sunday that Trump had advocated during the phone call for approval of the construction of a Trump-branded property in Buenos Aires. But Lanata prefaced his statement by saying, “mitad en joda, mitad en serio,” which roughly translates to “half joking, half serious.”

That preface was dropped from a story about the report in Talking Points Memo, which quoted an account from La Nacion, an Argentine newspaper. The TPM story promptly attracted controversy on social media and was followed by a formal denial from Macri’s office.
Canal Trece, which is part of Gropo Clarín, one of the media monopolies that is highly partisan toward Macri, carried Joreg Lanato's report, Romina Manguel reveló qué le pidió Trump a Macri cuando hablaron por teléfono 20.11.2016.

La Nación, the major competitor of the Clarín daily, is even more hardcore pro-oligarchy and pro-Macri. They picked up the story, as well: Revelan que Donald Trump le pidió permiso a Mauricio Macri para construir su torre en la Ciudad 20.11.2016

So if they're reporting this, it gives it kind of an evidence-against-interest credibility.

Macri is really kind of a Mitt Romney type, although Mitt's father made his money is a legitimate business. Macri's father made a large amount of his selling government supplies to the military dictatorship in 1976-83, a business that was said to be notoriously corrupt.

The Macris also invested at one point in a Trump project in New York.

Macri took office last December and is some like a 60% disapproval now, mainly thanks to the economic slump he brought on with his IMF-orthodox Herbert Hoover policies. After 2003-2015 under a Peronist government which was the longest period of growth and prosperity in Argentine history. Needless to say, they didn't follow IMF-onomics.


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