President Trump has been harsh on the Mexican government which has caused tensions to rise. This tension has led to a lot of criticism for the government's decision to award Kushner.
The Mexican government announced Tuesday they would be awarding President Donald Trump's son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner the highest honor that the country gives to foreigners.
Mexican officials said Kushner will be receiving the Order of the Aztec Eagle "for his significant contributions in achieving the renegotiation of the new (trade) agreement between Mexico, the United States and Canada," according to the Associated Press.
The pact, which was formerly known as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), was renegotiated earlier this year and is now called U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. In his campaign, Trump pledged he would renegotiate NAFTA and made it a top priority, even calling the agreement the "worst deal ever."
The Mexican Foreign Relations Department released a statement praising Kushner, saying that he "played a fundamental role during the whole process, displaying decisive support for the trade talks … thus achieving satisfactory results." While the statement was positive, it prompted criticism from many people in Mexico, including prominent Mexican intellectual Enrique Krauze.