PEÑA NIETO BRINGS BACK CONTROVERSIAL ALLY CABINET MEXICO CITY
Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday revived the career of his fallen former finance minister Luis Videgaray, appointing him foreign minister just four months after he was replaced in the wake of a controversial visit by Donald Trump.
Peña Nieto was subjected to a wave of criticism for what many saw as a poorly handled invitation, given the real-estate magnate’s anti-Mexico rhetoric.
Senior diplomats have said that Videgaray was instrumental in arranging Trump’s late-August visit, in which the government had hoped to impress upon him the need to moderate his tone and reconsider his more divisive campaign proposals. But within hours of leaving Mexico, Trump was telling a cheering crowd of supporters in Arizona that Mexico would pay for the border wall “100 percent,” prompting fresh ridicule of Peña Nieto at home.
Trump has infuriated Mexicans by threatening to carry out mass deportations and rewrite trade treaties crucial to their economy, and by referring to some immigrants from the United States’ southern neighbor as rapists or drug runners.
Herald with Reuters