The Government defended the appointment of Daniel Scioli as Secretary of Tourism, Environment and Sports after criticism from the opposition. Manuel Adorni, the presidential spokesperson, was in charge of supporting the appointment of the former Buenos Aires governor.
The President's spokesperson justified the choice of Scioli by explaining that “he is a person trusted by Minister (Guillermo) Francos” and clarified that Javier Milei himself supported the decision of the Minister of the Interior.
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“President Milei supports each of the officials and trusts that each of the ministers chooses the best collaborators,” said Adorni regarding the Head of State's position in the face of the controversy caused by the appointment of the former Argentine ambassador to Brazil.
Regarding the criticism that came from the opposition, given that Scioli had been an official in the previous government, the Government assured that “different opinions are always welcome.”
The presidential spokesperson stressed that the head of the Interior portfolio “trusts that (Daniel) Scioli will carry out the task of being Secretary of Tourism in an ideal manner” and that this is the reason for the appointment.
The presidential spokesperson, Manuel Adorni, spoke at his usual press conference. (Photo: Télam).
It was Francos himself who confirmed Scioli's appointment, with a message on the social network
“Thank you Daniel for the great task carried out for our country as Ambassador in Brazil, recognized by all sectors, and for leaving that destiny, to join our team where we are sure that you will make an enormous contribution,” Francos wrote.
Scioli's appointment sparked criticism from different sectors of the opposition, many of whom targeted the former Buenos Aires governor himself, whom they accused of “lack of conviction and strength.”
One of the most acidic when it came to crossing Scioli was Sebastián Galmarini, brother-in-law of Sergio Massa, who appealed to a message full of irony in which he spoke of “opportunists, profiteers, speculators.”
“This is great news for our community! With faith and hope, the opportunists, profiteers, speculators and extortionists are the opponents! But that's what they were chosen for! Ahhh. No. I don't know what to say. End,” Galmarini wrote, ironically, on social network X.
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On the other hand, the presidential spokesperson referred to the trip of the Chief of Staff, Nicolás Posse, to the United States and ruled out that it has to do with a possible problem in the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
“The trip was intended to strengthen bilateral ties that have nothing to do with the background of the agreement. “It is far from true that there are complications with the fund,” clarified Adorni, who could not give details about Posse's trip.
The Government also provided its opinion on the forecast made by the IMF, where it anticipated that Argentina will have a 2.8% drop in GDP, and they stressed that “no goal will be corrected to reach zero deficit.”
“It is not negotiable, it is the mother of all battles. We were expected to have a complex year in economic matters, it was within our projections. Indeed, items and expenses will be limited until Argentina finds that balance,” he concluded.