Mexico’s new finance minister spurns Donald Trump

Mexico's Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade (R) hands over the 2017 budget to the Chamber of Deputies chairman Javier Bolanos in Mexico City. (Reuters)
Mexico’s Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade (R) hands over the 2017 budget to the Chamber of Deputies chairman Javier Bolanos in Mexico City. (Reuters)

By Jean Luis Arce / Reuters

Mexico’s new finance minister on Thursday delivered a stern reproach to Donald Trump, saying the only thing he agreed on with the U.S. Republican presidential candidate was that his predecessor in the ministry was an excellent public servant.

The comments follow the resignation of Luis Videgaray as finance minister on Wednesday after he came under fire for Trump’s visit to Mexico City last week, which Mexican diplomats said he was instrumental in arranging.

Trump has infuriated Mexicans with a series of broadsides against the United States’ southern neighbor, and his hastily arranged visit to meet President Enrique Pena Nieto a week ago sparked heavy criticism of the government.

Presenting the government’s 2017 budget plan just a day after his appointment, the new finance minister, Jose Antonio Meade, did not mince his words when he was asked about recent comments by Trump on Videgaray at a news conference.

“I’d like to point out that the only thing, absolutely the only thing I agree on with candidate Trump is that Luis Videgaray is an exceptional public servant,” Meade said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-mexico-idUSKCN11E343

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