Peña Nieto

Mexican President Peña Nieto acknowledges mistakes in handling of Trump visit

Nearly eight weeks following the controversial 31 August 2016 meeting with U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on 24 October acknowledged mistakes made surrounding the organization of the encounter (Vanguardia). Peña Nieto faced backlash from various sectors in Mexico not only for holding the meeting, but also for not challenging Trump on his remarks about Mexican immigrants, which many in the country found offensive (Sin Embargo and Expansión). The Mexican President took responsibility for the way the meeting played out and claimed he would have done things in a different way if he had the opportunity to do it again (Expansión). Peña Nieto also defended his decision to invite the U.S. candidate, stressing the importance of looking out for Mexico's interests (Vanguardia).

Mexican President Peña Nieto meets with cabinet to plan final two years of term

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto met with his cabinet on 21 October 2016 to assess progress and create plans for the final third of his six-year term which began in December 2012 (Terra). During the cabinet meeting officials reviewed progress on the implementation of structural reforms as well as advancement on actions taken toward meeting the administration’s essential goals (Terra). Peña Nieto insisted his government would continue with budgetary discipline to maintain macroeconomic stability in the country (Excelsior) The President instructed his ministers to be more efficient and effective in their use of public resources and to intensify their efforts in reaching the targets of the administration (Terra). Excelsior also reported President Peña Nieto will be in Colombia for a State visit on 27 October before attending the XXV Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government in Cartagena.