Mexican President Confirms Trump Visit Led To Treasury Secretary’s Resignation

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump walks with Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto at the end of their joint statement at Los Pinos, the presidential official residence, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2... Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump walks with Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto at the end of their joint statement at Los Pinos, the presidential official residence, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Trump is calling his surprise visit to Mexico City Wednesday a 'great honor.' The Republican presidential nominee said after meeting with Peña Nieto that the pair had a substantive, direct and constructive exchange of ideas.(AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills) MORE LESS
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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says he accepted the resignation of his Treasury secretary because the official had suffered a big blow to his reputation due to Donald Trump’s visit to the country.

Pena Nieto said Thursday in an interview with Teleformula that it was his decision to meet with the Republican presidential candidate, but he acknowledged that then-Treasury Secretary Luis Videgaray played an important role.

He said that “without doubt” Videgaray was involved in arranging the Aug. 31 visit and “this blow led me to make the decision and accept his resignation.”

Pena Nieto was widely criticized in Mexico for not confronting Trump more directly on his disparaging remarks about Mexico and migrants, or on the candidate’s promise to build a border wall and make Mexico pay for it.

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  2. [quote=“TPM, post:1, topic:43888”]
    [Pena Nieto] said that “without doubt” Videgaray was involved in arranging the Aug. 31 visit and “this blow led me to make the decision and accept his resignation.”[/quote]

    Pena Nieto continued, “The buck stops … there, on Videgaray’s desk!”

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