Kushner and Lighthizer Pressed for Deal Before Mexican President Leaves Office

08/27/18 Wall Street Journal

Videgaray 1Months of tensions and volatile trade talks between the U.S. and Mexico ended — not with the conventional handshake — but with a virtual embrace.

“I’m extending you an affectionate hug,” Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto told President Trump by telephone on Monday as the White House unveiled the framework of a new trade agreement.

“A hug from you would be very nice,” Mr. Trump responded, sitting at his desk in the Oval Office.

The exchange wrapped up months of fragile talks, which were racing against the clock because of the transition of administrations in Mexico.

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