One of President Enrique Peña Nieto's closest advisers and confidants, Finance Secretary Luis Videgaray, has resigned in a move seen as linked to the unpopular decision to invite Donald Trump to visit Mexico, the AP reports. Peña Nieto has taken responsibility for inviting Trump, but a former government official familiar with the workings of the administration says Videgaray would have played a preponderant role in the decision. Newspaper columnists in Mexico have reported Videgaray was behind last week's visit, after which Peña Nieto was criticized for not being forceful enough in rejecting Trump's proposals and comments about Mexico.
Former finance secretary Jose Antonio Meade was named as Videgaray's successor. In comments to local media, Meade defended the president's meeting with Trump, saying it had lowered the risk of confrontations and helped moderate some of Trump's policy proposals. Peña Nieto has said the meeting was needed to build bridges in case Trump is elected. "In the face of candidate Trump's postures and positions, which clearly represent a threat to the future of Mexico, it was necessary to talk," Peña Nieto said Wednesday. "It was necessary to make him feel and know why Mexico does not accept his positions." He repeated that he told Trump in person that Mexico would in no way pay for the proposed border wall. (Read more Mexico stories.)