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Trump envoy Kushner meets with Peña Nieto

10 March 2018

Members of President Donald Trump's administration, particularly senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, have long faced questions over their security clearances which granted some staffers access to top-secret classified intelligence.

Last month, Pena Nieto postponed a planned visit to the White House after a tense and confrontational phone conversation with Trump that focused on which country would pay for Trump's proposed border wall.

The Mexican foreign ministry announced Kushner's trip in a statement late on Tuesday.

Security clearance has been a significant issue in recent weeks, ever since Rob Porter's departure from the White House over multiple allegations of domestic abuse.

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Mr. Trump promised the wall throughout his presidential campaign, often leading crowds to yell "Mexico" when he asked who would pay for it. Trump described the announcement as an incentive for a favorable renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), CNBC reported.

The official said "a range of bilateral issues, including security, immigration, trade and economics", will be discussed.

Some analysts in Mexico view the visit as a chance to fix a key US relationship and for Kushner to prove his usefulness to the White House. It was the second time Pena Nieto had called off a Washington visit because of disagreements with Trump.

Mexican officials did not say whether the plans for a Trump-Pena Nieto summit was on the agenda.

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Videgaray has maintained close ties with Kushner ever since, including several visits to the White House, most recently an unsuccessful effort to try to broker a Trump-Pena Nieto meeting.

Beyond that, Mr. Kushner, who also met with Mexico's foreign minister, did not invite the American ambassador - Roberta S. Jacobson, a diplomat with more than 30 years of experience in the region - to join him in the meetings, according to a senior American official who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Trump has said that Canada and Mexico could be exempt from the tariffs if they reach a deal on a new version of NAFTA, but both countries have criticized the proposal. This article is strictly for informational purposes only.

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Trump envoy Kushner meets with Peña Nieto