Kushner meets with Mexican officials to fix damaged ties with US

Kushner meets with Mexican officials to fix damaged ties with US

Several White House staffers have been terminated or reassigned for issues related to their security clearances - with at least one individual employed in the Office of the First Lady relieved of duty, sources with direct knowledge tell ABC News. Videgaray was scheduled to accompany the Mexican head of state on that trip.

There is a list of several other individuals with security clearance issues that are under consideration for possible termination or reassignment in the coming days, sources also tell ABC News. It was the second time Pena Nieto had called off a Washington visit because of disagreements with Trump.

Videgaray lost his job as finance minister over the trip's fallout, but was later appointed foreign minister after Trump's surprise win in the US presidential election.

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Kushner, who began working in the White House when Trump took office a year ago, has been charged with overseeing a broad portfolio of responsibilities ranging from trade issues with Mexico to brokering a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians.

They'll also meet with Mexico's foreign minister.

CGTN's Franc Contreas has more on Kushner's meeting with President Pena Nieto.

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Representatives of the two countries are working toward "agreements beneficial to both nations", according to a statement by the Mexican government - which added the sessions "will depend on the level of progress achieved" over issues like trade, security and immigration.

The bilateral relationship was rocked again last weekend when Trump announced plans to slap tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum that he later said could spur a favorable NAFTA re-negotiation.

Trump has repeatedly blamed the pact for the loss of US manufacturing jobs and has threatened to ditch it unless it can be reworked to better suit USA interests. It is not a solicitation to make any exchange in commodities, securities or other financial instruments.

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