Elon Musk Meets Argentine President Javier Milei at Tesla Factory, Vows to Push for Free Markets as Argentina Seeks US Support for Its Economy

By Madz Dizon

Apr 12, 2024 11:04 PM EDT

Elon Musk Meets Argentine President Javier Milei at Tesla Factory, Vows to Push for Free Markets as Argentina Seeks US Support for Its Economy
President of Argentina Javier Milei (R) poses for a picture next to TESLA's Co-founder and Director Elon Musk (L) at Gigafactory Texas on April 12, 2024 in Austin, Texas.
(Photo : Presidencia de la Nación Argentina/Handout/Getty Images)

Argentina's President Javier Milei and Elon Musk have pledged to collaborate in their efforts to promote free markets.

Milei has been traveling across the United States, aiming to attract investment for Argentina's struggling economy. He has made his third trip to the US in just four months, aiming to establish a "strategic alliance" with the world's wealthiest economy.

Elon Musk Meets Javier Milei

While touring a Tesla factory in Austin, Texas, on Friday, Milei expressed his support for Musk in his disagreement with a Brazilian judge regarding the billionaire's efforts to restore access to blocked accounts on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Sharing a photo of himself alongside the Argentine president, Musk said, "To an exciting & inspiring future!"

According to The Telegraph, the meeting came after months of exchanging positive comments and endorsements on social media.

The Argentinian president assumed office in November, promising a commitment to minimal government intervention, protection of private property rights, and the promotion of free trade.

Milei has made the case that adopting the US dollar as a currency could be a solution to the problem of skyrocketing inflation.

According to reports, Milei has expressed support for Musk in a dispute over "free speech" in Brazil.

Meanwhile, a dispute arose between Musk and Brazil last weekend when a Supreme Court judge initiated an investigation into the billionaire.

This came after Musk announced his intention to reactivate accounts on the social media platform X, which the judge had previously ordered to be blocked.

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Elon Musk Slams Brazil's Censorship

Elon Musk criticized Brazilian Supreme Court justice Alexandre de Morales for what he called "aggressive censorship."

According to his statement, the judge has imposed significant fines, made threats of arrest against our employees, and blocked access to X in Brazil.

Last September, Musk shared an interview with Milei conducted by Tucker Carlson, a former Fox News journalist. Musk later expressed his excitement over Milei's election victory, stating that Argentina can look forward to a prosperous future.

Milei is an active user of X, stating in an interview with the Financial Times in February that he dedicates "two or three hours a day" to Musk's platform and other social media.

In addition to advocating for free market values, Milei and Musk have both shown their support for Israel in its conflict with Hamas in Gaza.

They have even visited the country to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in recent months. Each also has a strained relationship with certain left-leaning governments.

Milei, who criticized Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for alleged corruption during the campaign, reached out to Musk to discuss potential collaboration regarding the ongoing issues faced by social network X in Brazil.

On Sunday, Elon Musk, known for his strong support of free speech, publicly urged a Brazilian supreme court justice to step down or face impeachment.

Brazil's attorney-general has emphasized the need for immediate regulation of social media platforms, including X. The impact of Milei's support on the dispute remains uncertain.

Opposition politicians in Argentina have raised concerns about Milei's recent trip to the US, which marks his third visit since his election in November. They argue that the trip is "personal" and may divert his attention from his domestic agenda.

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