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Mexico’s Outgoing President Is Honoring Jared Kushner With One Of Mexico’s Highest Honors

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.

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.

“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.

“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 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.”

“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.

“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.


READ: After Trump Threatens To Cancel Meeting With Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto Beats Him To The Punch

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Chef Jose Andres Served Millions Of Meals In Puerto Rico And Now He's Been Nominated For A Nobel Peace Prize

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Chef Jose Andres Served Millions Of Meals In Puerto Rico And Now He’s Been Nominated For A Nobel Peace Prize

From the very first day that Puerto Rico experienced not one but two major hurricanes, renowned Spanish chef, José Andrés was there ready to help. It was Andrés who fed the masses when no one else could or would.

“When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September 2017, I knew it was going to be serious—and I knew I had to do something,” Andrés wrote in National Geographic. “I had already seen what Hurricane Harvey did in Houston a month earlier, and I knew of the damage that Hurricane Irma had left in her wake. After a disaster, the urgency is all about now. It’s when people need to be fed, and cooks have a special skill when it comes to this kind of situation. We are used to acting quickly, and our job is to feed the many.”

He didn’t just feed and leave. He remained in Puerto Rico and continued to help. Now, more than a year later, Andrés is being recognized for his incredible charity.

Democratic Rep. John Delaney of Maryland has nominated José Andrés for a Nobel Peace Prize for the considerable work he did in Puerto Rico.

CREDIT: @ErinSchrode / Twitter

“Because of Mr. Andrés’s work, millions of people have been fed,” Delaney wrote in his nomination submission obtained by The Washington Post. “This is the most basic human need and Mr. Andrés has proven to be world-class in this essential humanitarian field. With an incredible spirit and an innovative mind, Mr. Andrés is solving one of the world’s ancient problems and supplying world leaders with a new road map to provide more effective disaster relief in the future.”

The Noble Peace Prize committee could not confirm the nomination because they never make any public announcements about the nominations until the winners are announced. The deadline for Noble Peace Prize nominations is Feb. 1, the Post reports, and the committee will announce the laureates next October.

The Post contacted Andrés about his nomination, to which he humbly responded by saying “Oh, wow,” and added “They nominate everybody.”

CREDIT: Instagram/@chefjoseandres

The chef’s work extends past his help in Puerto Rico, which included serving millions of meals during his time on the island. He was feeding people during natural disasters in FloridaNorth Carolina, and Guatemala. In 2010, Andrés founded World Central Kitchen after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, with their mission being “that food can be an agent of change.”

The news of his nomination moved those closest to him to advocate for his victory.

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Andrés set himself apart from others working in Puerto Rico after the disaster by sticking to what he does best. He fed people when they were hungry and without power. He spent months on the island reaching as many people as he could with warm meals.

People in his native country of Spain also praised his work.

CREDIT: @ACYRE_ / Twitter

His humanitarian efforts have been felt worldwide.

In the eyes of so many people, Andrés has already won the award.

CREDIT: @bobbysharma / Twitter

Andrés’ work speaks for itself.

His amazing work will be felt for a long time, and you know he’s only getting started.

Do you think he should win a Nobel Peace Prize?


READ: He Served Millions Of Meals For Hurricane Stricken Puerto Rico And Now He Might Run For A Senate Seat

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