The tensions within the PRO between Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Patricia Bullrich and Mauricio Macri after the decision to add Juan Schiaretti to Together for Change are no longer hidden, and each gesture generates suspicion, even in management meetings, such as the one that took place this morning, at the meeting of the Expanded Cabinet in the Golden Hall of the Colon Theater.
There, the head of government made a strong speech in a campaign tone and said that he will continue with his fight in the PRO. For many of those present, the absence of his government minister, Jorge Macri, whose chair was empty, during much of the speech, was striking. The meeting was scheduled at 8:45 and Jorge Macri, according to witnesses confided to Clarín, arrived when the speech was ending.
His empty chair was read in electoral code. Not only because of the family bond that unites him with Mauricio Macri, who yesterday stoned Larreta's decision to add the governor of Córdoba Juan Schiaretti to Together for Change and ruled that this move put in check the unity of the armed opposition. But also because of the affinity that today unites the Buenos Aires minister with Patricia Bullrich, another of the crusades against the expansion of the front, which opposes the entry of the Cordovan and José Luis Espert.
In the minister's entourage they relativized the fact. " Jorge warned yesterday that he was arriving a little later for other meetings. But he went, listened to Horacio and stayed later when he finished talking with him and other officials," they explained. Why doesn't it appear in the photos that circulated? They argue that it was because they left early, as soon as Larreta began to speak.
Beyond the suspicions generated by the late arrival of Jorge Macri, Larreta left strong definitions in front of his troop of more faithful officials and warned that "days of maximum tension" await them, but that the unity of the space is guaranteed.
It is very difficult for me to appear on the cover of the newspapers with differences with Mauricio, but I believe in this, "Larreta stood before the eyes of a hundred officials among whom was precisely not the cousin of the former president and candidate of the PRO to succeed the head of Government.
Larreta at the expanded Cabinet meeting at the Teatro Colón
In the first row of officials, the Chief of Cabinet, Felipe Miguel, applauded him standing; the radical senator Martín Lousteau, pre-candidate of that party to head of government in the PASO against Jorge Macri; the president of the legislature Emanuel Ferrario, and Fernando Straface, secretary of international relations of the City.
Larreta also responded to Patricia Bullrich who said that if Together for Change breaks up, he will be solely responsible. "Unity is above all else. They will never hear me anyone from Together for Change and I ask them to accompany me, not to enter into those fights," said the head of government.
In addition, he reiterated that he does not want to confront Bullrich virulently. "We are not going to win by criticizing, the Argentina of the fight must be left behind, we are people of action, of results," he encouraged them and warned: "We are going to have days of maximum tension, it is a product of the moment in which we are."
"We are the best prepared to change Argentina. It's us, no other," Larreta said amid the internal tug-of-war within the PRO.