Kushner to receive Mexico’s highest honor

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto will reportedly award White House senior adviser Jared Kushner with the Order of the Aztec Eagle, Mexico’s highest honor for foreigners.

Kushner will receive the prize “for his contributions to achieve the negotiation of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA),” according to a statement by Mexico’s Foreign Relations Secretariat.

{mosads}Peña Nieto will present Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, with the award on Thursday at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina, according to the Reforma newspaper.

“Mr. Kushner’s participation was a determinant factor to start the process of renegotiation of [the North American Free Trade Agreement], avoiding a unilateral exit by the United States from said treaty, and his constant and effective involvement was key in achieving a successful close of negotiations,” reads the official statement on the award.

It’s likely to be Peña Nieto’s last major act as president, as he is due to hand over power to President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Saturday.

Vice President Pence and Kushner’s wife, Ivanka Trump, are scheduled to represent the United States at López Obrador’s inauguration.

Kushner has been at the center of the U.S.-Mexico relationship during Trump’s tenure, in great part thanks to his personal friendship with Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray.

Previous recipients of the Aztec Eagle include Walt Disney, former Argentine first lady Evita Peron, Fidel Castro, former Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Bill and Melinda Gates.

Updated at 4:19 p.m.

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