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Saturday 25 of June 2022

Felled by Trump Visit, Mexico's Ex-Finance Secretary Named Foreign Minister


Luis Videgaray raises his hand as he is being sworn in as new Mexico's Foreign Relations Secretary during an address to the media by Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto to announce new cabinet members, at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City, Mexico, January 4, 2017,photo: Reuters/Edgard Garrido
Luis Videgaray raises his hand as he is being sworn in as new Mexico's Foreign Relations Secretary during an address to the media by Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto to announce new cabinet members, at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City, Mexico, January 4, 2017,photo: Reuters/Edgard Garrido
Peña Nieto said on Wednesday that he had tasked Videgaray with accelerating contacts and dialogue with the incoming Trump administration

Mexico’s president on Wednesday revived the career of his fallen former Treasury and Public Finance Secretary (SHCP), appointing him Foreign Relations Secretary (SRE) just four months after he was replaced in the wake of a controversial visit by Donald Trump.

Luis Videgaray is one of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s closest aides, but he was forced out in September a week after the Trump visit.

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.

Peña Nieto said on Wednesday that he had tasked Videgaray with accelerating contacts and dialogue with the incoming Trump administration.

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.