“I have already come from the best place in the world, I have had the privilege of having been able to fulfill it.” This is how Iván Redondo, the strategist who has accompanied Pedro Sánchez as chief of staff until the government crisis last June, has made himself known to the general public: “Being the president’s chief of staff has been my dream since I was little “. Redondo has assured that since he was a child he assured that he wanted to “run the country”, making a play on words between power and the newspaper. “I am not a person who has an interest in being on the front line,” he said in an interview in Lo de Évole (La Sexta), the first he offers after leaving Moncloa before his new job assignment that, among other issues, will take you to write weekly in La Vanguardia.
Redondo wanted to convey to Jordi Évole his story about what happened, especially about his departure from Moncloa. What has been the great decision of your life? “Leave”, has assured. “It is important to know how to win, know how to lose, know how to stop,” said Sánchez’s former chief of staff, who explained that at the end of May the president offered him a ministry and that he rejected it, as happened, according to his version. , in June 2018, after the vote of no confidence was successful: “He offered me to be a minister when we won the vote of no confidence. I have never seen myself in that position, I have been where I could be, I wanted to be and I had prepared myself to be “.
Redondo’s version differs from the one issued by Moncloa after his dismissal: that he had asked for a ministry with great powers and that it was Sánchez who said no. He has also told Évole that it was he who chose to leave on the same Saturday, July 10, in which the president undertook the government crisis, despite the fact that he had plans in Extremadura that he had to cancel that same day, as published by El Diario. .it is.
Another message that Redondo wanted to convey in La Sexta is that he remains “in contact” with the president, with whom he has assured that he has a “sacred” relationship. “I let the president into my life and he, into his,” he explained. “I have tried to give you everything that they have not been able to give you and he has given me what others have not been able to give me. We have talked about it. everything”. At one point Évole asked him if he thinks Sánchez has been jealous of him: “I don’t think so.” He has also assured that he maintains friendship with the current ministers.
Whoever defended in Parliament that he would be thrown into a “ravine” by his boss, has avoided attributing specific moments of the president’s action, such as the phrase in which he invited Mariano Rajoy to resign during the debate on the motion of censure or the that he would not sleep with Pablo Iglesias sitting in the Council of Ministers. And that has also led him to put himself in profile before some of the errors attributed to him in Ferraz, such as the electoral repetition of the 10N in which his calculations were that the socialists would increase about twenty seats at the expense of United We Can and, on the contrary , three fell.
He has also distanced himself from the play in the Region of Murcia with which the Socialists agreed with Ciudadanos to seize power from the PP and was frustrated by the transfuguismo of three deputies from the party of Inés Arrimadas. He has assured that he found out the same day: “It was striking because it seemed like a bold move, then it did not work and I did not participate.” “Until then I had participated (…). For that decision they did not want to have my opinion. I was surprised.” Asked if he was outraged that the current Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, with whom he no longer had a good relationship, did not inform him before, he replied: “He does what he has to do. I am not so important to be informed and less in a matter of party. The reality is that “.
But it has also disassociated itself from the electoral strategy of the 4M Madrid elections in which the Socialists fell to third position. He has assured that his work was practically “personal” due to his friendship with Ángel Gabilondo given his institutional position in Moncloa – despite the fact that in the Catalan women he moved to Barcelona for a week and that the candidate, Salvador Illa, came to give him the thank you for directing the campaign. Redondo has assured that he warned the Madrid Socialists that they only had a 1% chance of winning. “Politics is a bit like Formula 1. My job is to be an engineer. Sometimes the car doesn’t go. You can have a great driver and he won’t go,” he exemplified.
Likewise, he has distanced himself from Sánchez’s meeting with Joe Biden, which was sold from Moncloa as an important meeting of both leaders that he, in his capacity as chief of staff, had closed with his American counterpart, Ron Klain, and which ended up being a greeting for a few seconds. “My incidence in this type of actions that have to do with foreign policy is quite minimal. It is a contact between presidents,” he explained.