Mexico’s outgoing President, Enrique Peña Nieto, is leaving office with a bang…sort of. He is bestowing the highest honor for foreigners to President Trumps son-in-law Jared Kushner and people are pissed.
President Peña Nieto is bestowing Mexico’s highest honor, the Order of the Aztec Eagle to Jared Kushner.
Hard to find anyone in Mexico who's happy with EPN's decision to make one of his final acts as president be bestowing Mexico's highest honor on Jared Kushner. He leaves office with 26% approval—and that was before announcing the award. Turns out some things can unite Mexicans. https://t.co/qIPQ5krfK6
— Carin Zissis (@CarinZissis) November 28, 2018
The award is given to foreigners, and past recipients include “Roberta Jacobson, the former US ambassador to Mexico, Bill Gates, and Queen Elizabeth II,” Vox reports. They also report that Kushner will be getting his award this coming Friday at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires.
Mexican officials say Kushner is getting the honor for being instrumental in negotiating the new North American Fair Trade Agreement (NAFTA) deal.
Nothing makes sense anymore. All the amazing people doing good things and they choose him. Wtf, Mexico?
— SUPMom (@bay2beach) November 27, 2018
“Mr. Kushner played a key role throughout the process, decisively supporting the development of trade talks between the two countries, thus achieving satisfactory results in a new economic agreement for the three countries,” the government of Mexico stated in a press release. “Mr. Kushner’s participation was decisive in initiating the process of renegotiating NAFTA, preventing a unilateral exit from the United States of said treaty, and his constant and effective involvement was key to achieving a successful conclusion of the negotiations.”
Deal or no deal, Mexicans were not happy that Kushner is receiving this top award.
Qué nivel de humillación auto infligida, demeritando cualquier valor agregado que esa condecoración pudiera tener. Vergüenza. Tremenda. Y ni se diga del encabronamiento que nos causa. https://t.co/Ab6MFbJNyo
— Gael Garcia Bernal (@GaelGarciaB) November 27, 2018
“What level of self-inflicted humiliation, devaluing any added value that that decoration might have. Shame. Tremendous. And let it not even talk about how pissed off this makes us,” Bernal tweeted about the decision.
Mexican historian and essayist, Enrique Krauze said giving him that award is “an act of supreme humiliation and cowardice.”
Kushner es el yerno de quien llamó a los mexicanos “asesinos y violadores”. Darle el Águila Azteca es una actitud supremo de humillación y cobardía.
— Enrique Krauze (@EnriqueKrauze) November 27, 2018
“Kushner is the son-in-law of the person who called Mexicans ‘murders and rapists.’ Giving him the Order of the Aztec Eagle is a supreme act of humiliation and cowardice,” Krauze wrote.
“It is the ultimate Peña: He is finished, defeated, humiliated, but he still doesn’t care and offers this award to Kushner to almost show it off,” analyst Carlos Bravo Regidor of the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics in Mexico City, told NPR.
In response to the backlash, Peña Nieto said he is giving the award to Kushner because he is a “great ally.”
— Zap&Cap (@JeffRoyer9) November 28, 2018
“It is an attribution of the president and I want to give it to him,” he said in a press conference, according to El Universal. “I want to recognize who has been a great ally of Mexico.”
Here’s some more thoughts on Kushner’s award from Mexico.
— Erika Andiola (@ErikaAndiola) November 28, 2018
“Please go and enjoy your richness and never come back to politics. What foolishness is this,” @ErikaAndiola tweeted.
It has truly left many in the world confused about the thought process of the outgoing Mexican president.
Cannot believe the reports that say that Jared Kushner will be honoured by Mexico with the Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest Mexican order that may be awarded to foreigners for their services given to Mexico.
For Chrissake, please tell me this is fake news.
— Yves Hayaux du Tilly (@YHayaux) November 27, 2018