BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — One is an erratic billionaire entrepreneur and self-declared free-speech absolutist, vulnerable to profanity-laden rants in opposition to…

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — One is an erratic billionaire entrepreneur and self-declared free-speech absolutist, vulnerable to profanity-laden rants in opposition to “wokeness” and obsessive about making humanity a multi-planetary species.

The different is an iconoclastic Latin American leader and self-declared anarcho-capitalist, vulnerable to cloning his useless canines and obsessive about destroying state controls.

Tech govt Elon Musk and Argentine President Javier Milei lastly sealed their budding bromance Friday at a Tesla electrical automotive manufacturing unit in Texas — their first assembly after months of mutual admiration on social media.

It was a match made in free-market heaven.

In social media posts that thrilled their right-wing followers, the pair performed up their real-life friendship.

“To an thrilling & inspiring future!” Musk wrote on X, or Twitter because it was identified before he bought it in 2022, together with a photograph of him and Milei each grinning extensively and giving the digital camera two thumbs up, the libertarian president’s trademark gesture.

“Long dwell freedom, dammit!” Milei wrote in his personal X put up, which included a selfie of the pair, with the president sporting his signature leather-based bomber and Musk in his Air Force Academy navy sports activities jacket.

The assembly was closed to the press and an announcement from Milei’s workplace produced little information, saying the free-market fans mentioned points, starting from the anticipated (the best way to promote entrepreneurship by slashing red-tape) to the random (the existential hazard posed by declining delivery charges).

Milei’s workplace stated that the president provided to assist Musk within the clash between social media company X and Brazilian authorities, which have accused Musk of obstruction for defying a decide’s order to dam some accounts.

The two additionally agreed to host “an enormous occasion quickly in Argentina to advertise the concepts of freedom,” the Argentine presidency stated, however offered no additional particulars.

But behind the smiley photo-op — and video of Milei’s pleasure experience in a futuristic Cybertruck pickup — a lot was at stake for Argentina.

Support from the U.S. — notably on the International Monetary Fund, to which Argentina owes over $42 billion — is vital to boosting investor confidence within the South American nation, as Milei seeks to overhaul a broken economy with market-oriented insurance policies.

With the revival of socialist governments throughout Latin America, from Chile to Brazil, consultants say Argentina is now poised to emerge as a key strategic companion for Washington.

“There’s an opportunity that Argentina can fill this vacuum and finally be a strategic companion for the U.S.,” stated Sergio Berensztein, who runs a political consultancy in Buenos Aires. “Musk can serve to hurry this strategy of Argentina turning into a part of the (U.S.) new community of buddies.”

Last month, Musk’s firm delivered Starlink satellite tv for pc web service to Argentina, a transfer cheered by farmers struggling to maintain up with high-tech agriculture in distant elements of the nation.

Gerardo Werthein, Argentina’s ambassador to the U.S., attended Friday’s assembly and advised La Nación newspaper that Milei and Musk mentioned Argentina’s vast reserves of strategic minerals, together with lithium, an indispensable ingredient in batteries for electrical vehicles.

“He expressed wanting to assist Argentina, and had an excellent view of the whole lot we now have, primarily lithium,” Werthein stated of Musk.

Milei’s love without cost markets and shut alignment with U.S. coverage — a serious shift after years of left-wing governments that adopted interventionist policies and strained relations with Washington — has raised hopes within the U.S. that lithium and different badly wanted metals may be extracted nearer to residence, breaking China’s dominance of the battery provide chain.

Analysts say that a successful energy transition within the U.S. will demand much more lithium and different important commodities than the nation is now on observe to supply.

“We need to have the ability to localize our provide chain to the best extent so that you’re not transporting supplies all the way in which all over the world,” stated Ben Steinberg, a former Department of Energy senior adviser and present govt vp at authorities affairs agency Venn Strategies. “The U.S. has a whole lot of curiosity in working domestically and with South American international locations like Argentina.”

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