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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Mexican secretary of state visiting San Antonio

03/22/2018 San Antonio Business Journal

luis videgarayMexican Secretary of State Luis Videgaray is coming to San Antonio to discuss the latest developments in the ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Videgaray is scheduled to speak at an April 6 luncheon at the St. Anthony Hotel as part of an event hosted by the Mexican Consulate General of San Antonio, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos.

San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO Ramiro Cavazos told the Business Journal that Videgaray is expected to focus on NAFTA and touch topics such as the general state of U.S./Mexico relations, trade and tourism.

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The cost of an unwanted guest

09/10/16 The Economist

6809783313_97b163bfee_oTO SAY things have been going badly for Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico’s president, would be an understatement. Recent embarrassments include allegations that a Miami-based company paid property taxes for his wife, revelations that he plagiarised part of his university thesis and an ill-judged rendezvous with Donald Trump. On September 7th Mr Peña tried to put the unpleasantness behind him by accepting the resignation of the finance minister, Luis Videgaray, his most important deputy, who had hopes of becoming president in 2018.

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Mexico’s new finance minister spurns Donald Trump

09/08/16 Reuters

15851765709_8511a4809c_oMexico’s new finance minister on Thursday delivered a stern reproach to Donald Trump, saying the only thing he agreed on with the U.S. Republican presidential candidate was that his predecessor in the ministry was an excellent public servant.

The comments follow the resignation of Luis Videgaray as finance minister on Wednesday after he came under fire for Trump’s visit to Mexico City last week, which Mexican diplomats said he was instrumental in arranging.

Trump has infuriated Mexicans with a series of broadsides against the United States’ southern neighbor, and his hastily arranged visit to meet President Enrique Pena Nieto a week ago sparked heavy criticism of the government.

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Mexico’s Finance Minister Resigns Amid Fallout From Trump Visit

09/07/16 The New York Times 

9027767436_b8c5e3a13c_o.jpgMEXICO CITY — One of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s top ministers and closest allies resigned on Wednesday, an apparent casualty of Mr. Peña Nieto’s wildly unpopular meeting last week with Donald J. Trump.

The spectacle of the Mexican president standing next to the Republican candidate who has disparaged Mexicans prompted widespread dismay and anger here, and reportedly divided Mr. Peña Nieto’s cabinet.

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Mexico’s New Finance Minister Inherits Tight Budget Goals

09/07/16 The Wall Street Journal

15851765709_8511a4809c_o.jpgMEXICO CITY—On his first full day in office, Mexico’s new finance minister, José Antonio Meade, has the task of presenting Congress with a budget proposal for 2017 that will slash government spending to confront further declines in oil revenue and rein in growing public debt.

President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday named Mr. Meade, who had been finance minister under a previous administration, to replace Luis Videgaray who resigned in the wake of a political storm over the recent visit to Mexico of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Videgaray to step down as Mexico’s finance minister – local press

09/07/16 Financial Times

luis videgarayLuis Videgaray will step down as Mexico’s finance minister, local media reported on Wednesday.

Mr Videgaray, one of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s closest allies and the architect of his structural reform programme, has been in the firing line after last week’s disastrous meeting between the president and Republican US candidate Donald Trump, which was reportedly his idea and which he has defended to the hilt, writes Jude Webber.

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