June 22, 2018

Kushner heads to Mexico following Trump-Peña Nieto dispute

10 March 2018, 01:25 | Simon Arnold

Olivia Dufresne

Olivia Dufrense

Jared Kushner will visit Mexico on Wednesday and meet President Enrique Pena Nieto - who canceled a White House meeting last month after an angry clash with President Trump over who would pay for the commander-in-chief's border wall.

Beyond that, Mr. Kushner, who also met with Mexico's foreign minister, did not invite the American ambassador - Roberta S. Jacobson, a diplomat with more than 30 years of experience in the region - to join him in the meetings, according to a senior American official who was not authorized to speak publicly.

According to a statement from the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Kushner relayed a message from President Trump about "the importance of continuing to progress on joint initiatives".

Jared Kushner listens during a meeting between President Donald Trump and congressional members in the Cabinet Room of the White House February 13, 2018.

Interested in Trump Administration?

He and Videgaray have reportedly cultivated a close personal relationship that often circumvents official diplomatic channels. She was not invited to yesterday's meetings, a USA official told CNN.

Trump has said that Canada and Mexico could be exempt from the tariffs if they reach a deal on a new version of NAFTA, but both countries have criticized the proposal.

A senior US administration official confirmed Kushner's visit, adding that the talks would remain centered on the security, immigration and trade, but including among other issues, according to Reuters.

Sputnik reported that White House sources said Trump, in the telephone exchange, had insisted that the Latin American country should pay for his campaign-promised wall to keep out undocumented immigrants.

Last month, Peña Nieto called off an official trip to Washington to meet with Trump following a tense phone call between the two leaders, a White House official said.

However, in a Twitter post Monday he appeared to suggest that Mexico and Canada may be granted an exemption, "if a new and fair NAFTA agreement is signed".

Other News

Trending Now

Black Ops 3 On PS4 And Xbox One
The new multiplayer mode actually sounds great, and should keep players that are still active within the game happily entertained. As well as the addition of the game mode, the Redwood map has been given a facelift and is now covered in snow.

Secret Service: Man shot himself near White House
The Service also said the injured male was being treated by medical personnel. "Our natural death squad is on the scene". The incident increased security at the White House, and reporters were temporarily sent down to the basement.

The nor'easter hammering the East Coast could become a 'bomb cyclone'
The heaviest snow will fall in western NY into northern Pennsylvania and into western MA , where some areas could see 1 to 2 feet. There could be flooding during the morning and evening rush hours Friday , but subway flooding from the rain will be isolated.

Playa del Carmen: Mexico Travel Alert Issued By US
It was just two weeks ago an explosion rocked the ferry from Playa del Carmen, injuring 25 people, including two Americans. It warns that some areas are experiencing violent crime such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery.

NFL Combine: Players Eagles saw, should draft (Mike Gesicki, Shaquem Griffin)
Darnold will be selected early in the draft, but as with all the quarterbacks, it depends how much the Giants like him. Rosen can be a good National Football League quarterback, he just needs to get teammates to buy into him.

Ruthless Man City march on as Chelsea woes continue
The combination of Sergio Aguero , David Silva and Bernard Silva proved to be more than Chelsea could handle, reports Efe. In the end it was to no avail - leaving them with an uphill task to qualify for the top four.

Sensational Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma takes lead on WGC debut
Aphibarnrat, who's a 4-time victor on the European Tour , posted 1.583 putts per GIR and 2.287 SG: Putting with 24 total putts. He closed with a tremendous par save at the par-four 18th, calmly rolling in a 15-foot putt for a 13-under total of 200.

India's economy recovers, posts growth of 7%
During the December quarter, the gross valued added (GVA) for manufacturing grew at 8.9% higher than 6.9% in the previous quarter. This will likely be reinforced by lower portfolio flows into India, as well as a tightening of monetary policy in the US.

USA finds North Korea killed Kim brother with VX agent
It would be the third such summit since the Koreas' 1945 division. The South hosts 28,500 USA troops, a legacy of the war.

World''s most sophisticated weather satellite to launch shortly
It is expected that the satellite will receive more accurate information on storm disasters such as storms, hurricanes, floods. If all goes well, the satellite will be released into a preliminary elliptical orbit three-and-a-half hours after launch.