Javier Milei will “Make Argentina Great Again,” the former US president has declared
Javier Milei speaks at his campaign headquarters after polls closed for general elections in Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 22, 2023 © AP / Natacha Pisarenko
Former US President Donald Trump has congratulated libertarian candidate Javier Milei on winning the Argentinian presidential election. Milei, a self-described “anarcho-capitalist,” has been compared to Trump for his brash personality and tirades against Argentina’s “political caste.”
Milei defeated Economy Minister Sergio Massa in a runoff election on Sunday, taking nearly 56% of the vote to Massa’s 44%. Milei’s 11-point victory defied pre-election opinion polls, which showed him holding only a slight lead over Massa.
“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 on his Truth Social platform on Sunday.
Milei and Trump both entered politics as outsiders, vowing to dismantle the political establishment in their respective countries. His fiery speeches against Argentina’s “political caste” mirrored Trump’s invectives against the Washington, DC “swamp,” and both men won by promising to gut social spending, control inflation, and take a hardline stance against the growing power of China.