In one of his first interviews since his landslide election win, Argentina’s President-Elect Javier Milei, revealed that he plans to visit the Rebbe’s Ohel on his first overseas trip.
By Anash.org reporter
Argentina’s President-Elect Javier Milei, divulged that he plans to travel to the Rebbe’s Ohel in New York on his first overseas trip after winning the presidency.
In one of his first interviews since his landslide election win, President-Elect Milei was asked by the broadcaster whether his first trip as president will be to Uruguay, one of Argentina’s neighbors to the east. Milei shocked the broadcaster with his response saying “No, to the USA, to the Ohel and from there to Israel.”
The newly-elected president has previously visited the Ohel while campaigning for the presidency. He has spoken about the Rebbe on TV and in interviews. In one interview with Argentinian TV, Milei even went into detail about how the Rebbe’s sichos were transcribed after a Shabbos farbrengen and recalled his meeting with one of the Rebbe’s chozrim.
After the surprise win, Rabbi Mendy Kotlarsky posted pictures of the visit on Facebook and wished the president-elect well. “Congratulations to my dear friend Javier Milei on your election as president of Argentina. May Hashem continue to answer your prayers and bless you along with all the people in Argentina. May this be the beginning of a prosperous and successful era for your country,” he wrote. “Looking forward to hosting you again for a meaningful visit to the Rebbe in the near future.”
The economist and former TV and radio pundit has close connections to Argentina’s Head Shliach Rabbi Tzvi Grunblatt. According to reports in Argentinian press, Rabbi Grunblatt helped forge connections between Milei and important businessmen such as Eduardo Elsztain. Milei also study regularly with another rabbi, Rabbi Shimon Axel Wahnish, who heads ACILBA, an Argentine-Moroccan Jewish community based in Buenos Aires.