Mexico: Embattled Kushner to Meet With Pena Nieto

Jared Kushner at HIMSS18

White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner speaking at HIMSS18 on Tuesday

The list of Trump administration employees affected includes several other individuals with security clearance issues that are "under consideration for possible termination or reassignment in the coming days", according to ABC News. Trump described the announcement as an incentive for a favorable renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), CNBC reported. Videgaray was scheduled to accompany the Mexican head of state on that trip.

Mr. Trump promised the wall throughout his presidential campaign, often leading crowds to yell "Mexico" when he asked who would pay for it.

Several top aides, including senior adviser Jared Kushner and former staff secretary Rob Porter, operated with interim top-secret clearance until recently, when Porter was forced to resign amid allegations of domestic abuse.

Pena Nieto has flatly refused, and repeated his refusal when Trump pressed him during the call to stop saying that Mexico wouldn't pay.

Kushner, who is Trump's son-in-law, and the other USA officials also attended an earlier separate meeting with Videgaray.

Some analysts in Mexico view the visit as a chance to fix a key USA relationship and for Kushner to prove his usefulness to the White House.

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Videgaray lost his job as finance minister over the trip's fallout, but was later appointed foreign minister after Trump's surprise win in the USA presidential election.

Mexican officials declined to comment on whether Trump and Pena Nieto will hold court in the future.

Plans for the two presidents to meet have been abruptly canceled at least twice since Mr. Trump took office, and the relationship between their countries is suffering its roughest patch in decades.

Mr. Kushner's meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto was meant to soothe tensions.

Despite Trump's sharp criticism of Mexico and its migrants, Videgaray said last month during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that ties between the two countries were closer than during the previous U.S. administration.

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