House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy arrived in Argentina for a week-long bipartisan Congressional Delegation trip, beginning Saturday.
McCarthy’s first stop was to the capital city of Buenos Aires to focus on defense cooperation, according to a news release.
“Our visit is a symbol of the enduring partnership between the United Stated and Argentina,” McCarthy said in a statement. “From combating terrorism to ensuring a positive outcome to the crisis in Venezuela, our alliance with Argentina is an important one — and it will be for years to come.”
McCarthy was joined by:
Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina
Armed Serviced Committee Ranking Member Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas
Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama
Budget Committee Ranking Member Rep. Steve Womack, R-Arkansas
Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont
Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio
Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas
Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Louisiana
Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pennsylvania
McCarthy and the delegation were greeted by U.S. Ambassador Edward Prado, the release said.
A meeting with Vice Minister Paola Di Chiaro of the Argentinian Ministry of Defense also took place, where they discussed ways to address the collective security threats facing the region, the release said.
On Sunday, McCarthy and the delegation paid tribute at a Jewish community center called AMIA by lighting a candle and laying a wreath. It is the site of Argentina’s deadliest terrorist attack to date, the release said.
More stops will be announced later this week, according to a McCarthy representative.