Mexicans 'Stunned' Over Decision to Honor Kushner

He'll receive the Order of the Aztec Eagle on Thursday
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2018 8:41 AM CST
In this Dec. 3, 2017 file photo, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner speaks during the Saban Forum 2017 in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

(Newser) – Enrique Peña Nieto's final "major" act as president will apparently involve Jared Kushner, and it's one the Guardian describes as having "stunned the country": The Hill reports that before handing over power to incoming president Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Saturday, Peña Nieto will bestow Mexico's highest honor for foreigners on Kushner for his work on renegotiating NAFTA. The ceremony in which Kushner will receive the Order of the Aztec Eagle will take place Thursday during the G20 summit, putting him in a club that includes Walt Disney, Queen Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Bill and Melinda Gates.

Per a government statement, "Kushner's participation was a determinant factor ... and his constant and effective involvement was key in achieving a successful close of negotiations." Other Mexicans were far less effusive about Kushner and the Trump administration. Reuters quotes Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal as calling the move "tremendously shameful," while Mexican historian Enrique Krauze wrote that "giving him the Aztec Eagle reflects a supreme attitude of humiliation and cowardice." The Guardian has this from a Mexican professor: "It's the final kick in the crotch for Mexicans." (Trump mentioned the G20 in a wide-ranging interview with the Washington Post.)

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