Mexico’s Obrador Threatens Probes If Airport Isn’t Halted in July

04/18/2018 Bloomberg

amloMexico’s left-wing front-runner wants a $13 billion airport project halted immediately should he win election in July, threatening officials with legal action if they wait until he assumes power in December, according to his pick for transportation minister.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will ask President Enrique Pena Nieto to suspend the project in July to allow for the incoming administration to carry out audits on the airport’s construction and finances, said Javier Jimenez Espriu. Moreover, contractors can’t expect cancellation fees if the project is scuttled.

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Mexican senators call on Peña Nieto to halt cooperation with US after Trump attacks

04/04/2018 The Hill

HE_Enrique_Peña_Nieto,_President_of_Mexico_(9085212846)Mexican senators are calling on Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to halt the nation’s cooperation with the U.S. on various issues after President Trump went on the attack against the country.

Mexico senators unanimously approved a nonbinding statement Wednesday that says the government should suspend joint efforts “in the fight against transnational organized crime” until Trump exhibits “civility and respect that the people of Mexico deserve,” The Associated Press reported.

The statement from the Mexican senators also rails against Trump for his “baseless and offensive comments about Mexico and Mexicans.”

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Kushner meets with top officials in Mexico amid strained relations

03/07/2018 The Washington Post

jared_kushner_croppedPresident Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and other top officials here Wednesday amid fresh strains over possible steel and aluminum tariffs and the ongoing feud about a border wall.

Kushner, a senior adviser to Trump, has been the designated point person for the United States’ relationship with Mexico since the 2016 presidential campaign. But ties have become more complicated in recent weeks, given that the White House recently downgraded Kushner’s security clearance, raising questions about how effective he might be in a meeting with a head of state or whether there are key issues he might not be informed about.

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Trump Plans to Meet With Pena Nieto in Coming Weeks, Mexico Says

02/14/2018 Bloomberg

PenaNietoU.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto plan to meet in the coming weeks to review advances in the relationship between the nations and discuss pending issues, according to Mexico’s Foreign Ministry.

The meeting comes after months of sometimes contentious talks to renegotiate the Nafta trade deal and Trump’s insistence that America’s southern neighbor pay for a border wall, a demand Mexico rejects. Pena Nieto’s party also faces a tough challenge to hang onto the presidency in a July vote, with his chosen candidate, former Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade, running third in most polls. Pena Nieto isn’t eligible for reelection.

Mexico president’s rating hits new low after Trump victory

11/20/16 Reuters

images-1Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s approval rating has slumped to a new low since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency last week, in part due to his invitation of the real estate tycoon to Mexico during the campaign, a poll showed on Sunday.

The survey by polling firm Buendia & Laredo for newspaper El Universal said approval of Pena Nieto’s performance had fallen to 25 percent from 29 percent in July, hurt by discontent about the economy, rising violence and failure to battle corruption.

Pena Nieto’s six-year term concludes at the end of November 2018, and opinion polls show his centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) faces an uphill battle to retain power after the next presidential election, scheduled for July 2018.

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Mexico president to show ‘pragmatism’ dealing with Trump

11/15/16 Reuters

images (1).jpgMexico will need to show “enormous pragmatism” in its dealings with Donald Trump’s government, President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Tuesday, as his administration prepares to seek common ground on trade and immigration issues.

Mexico is on tenterhooks awaiting the accession of Trump to the U.S. presidency because of his repeated threats on the campaign trail to impose tariffs on Mexican-made goods and seal the country off behind a massive border wall.

Acknowledging that Trump’s victory had generated some uncertainty, Pena Nieto reiterated his government would pursue dialogue with the next U.S. government to reach agreements.

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Peña Nieto: ‘Mexico and the USA are friends’

11/9/16 The Washington Post

PenaNietoThe morning after Donald Trump’s victory, the president of Mexico, Peña Nieto, expressed his willingness to work with the president-elect.

“I congratulate the USA on its electoral process and I reiterate to Donald Trump our willingness to work together in support of bilateral relations,” Nieto said on Twitter, according to the Guardian.

“Mexico and the USA are friends, partners and allies that must continue collaborating for the competitiveness and the development of North America.”

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