Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto on Friday morning awarded senior White House advisor Jared Kushner Mexico’s highest honor for foreigners — the Order of the Aztec Eagle — at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department said Kushner was given the award for his contribution to the negotiation of United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMC) — the pending free trade pact between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Kushner “played a fundamental role during the whole process, displaying decisive support for the trade talks … thus achieving satisfactory results,” the Mexican Foreign Relations Department said in a statement.
Some prominent Mexicans fumed over Kushner receiving the Order of the Aztec Eagle. Historian Enrique Krauze blasted the Mexican government’s decision to award the honor as a “supreme humiliation and cowardice.”
In a brief speech, Kushner lauded the U.S.-Mexico relationship and praised Nieto for “always put[ting] Mexican interests first even when it wasn’t popular.”
The top White House aide then praised President Trump for his ability to “accomplish a lot of great things.”
“While there has been a lot of tough talk, I have seen the genuine respect and care that President Trump has for Mexico and the Mexican people and I do believe we have been able to put that in the right light,” he added.
Kushner also joked that helping to revamped NAFTA was the equipment to earning his “PhD in trade.“
“I believe we are at a historic place in the relationship between our two countries,” said Kushner.
Breitbart News’ Michelle Moons contributed to this report.