Mexican president appointed new finance minister because of Trump visit
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto replaced Luis Videgaray, his finance minister and close ally, on Wednesday.
Both politicians were criticized after unsuccessful visit of Republican U.S presidential candidate Donald Trump to Mexico last week. Senior officials said that Videgaray was one of the initiators of Trump’s visit.
At a news conference Pena Nieto announced that former Finance Minister Videgaray would step aside for Jose Antonio Meade, the country’s social development minister.
Senior diplomats said Videgaray, had been instrumental in arranging the American's visit. The government was hoped to impress upon Trump the need to moderate his tone and reconsider his more divisive campaign proposals. But instead the Republican nominee hadn’t change his rhetoric and continued to talk about the wall on two countries border, which Mexicans would pay for.
Also Trump has already given his comment on the resignation during a forum with U.S. veterans on NBC television: "I think if you saw what happened in Mexico the other day...I let them know where the United States stands. I mean, we've been badly hurt by Mexico...And if you look at what happened, look at the aftermath today where the people that arranged the trip in Mexico have been forced out of government. That's how well we did."
Videgaray ran Pena Nieto's election campaign, and was long regarded as the most powerful Cabinet minister.