Mexico’s highest honor to Kushner sparks outrage

Nov 28, 2018, 5:42 AM EST
U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner played a key role in renegotiating NAFTA deal.
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Outgoing Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto has received flak at home for bestowing the nation’s highest honor for foreigners on U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner.

Nieto defended his decision by describing Kushner as “a great ally of Mexico” for his role in renegotiating the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Mexico, the U.S. and Canada, notes Al Jazeera.

Nieto’s gesture to decorate Kushner with the Order of the Aztec Eagle is being viewed as “an act of humiliation and cowardice” as Trump continues to openly malign Mexicans, threatening to seal the U.S.-Mexico border over a caravan of Central American migrants, writes The Guardian. Analysts consider the development as Mexico’s “son-in-law strategy” designed to deal with a tough Trump administration.

 

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