Press Releases & Statements
Embassy Statement to Correct the Record
Mexico City, February 15, 2013 – There have been some reports in Mexican media alleging U.S. government efforts to “veto” a candidate for a Mexican cabinet position.
U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne did not meet “with senior aides to President Enrique Peña Nieto to express alarm at (General Moisés García Ochoa’s) possible promotion” as the New York Times erroneously reported and other news organizations have unfortunately further distorted as a “veto,” nor did Ambassador Wayne pressure or lobby for any particular outcome in the President’s consideration of armed services candidates for his cabinet. On the contrary, Ambassador Wayne’s policy guidance from Washington was that the U.S. government could work with whomever President Peña Nieto selected.
Despite significant reporting in the Mexican press during the presidential transition about the potential candidates to head Mexico’s military, Ambassador Wayne did not discuss General Moisés García Ochoa with Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, now Secretary of Government, or Jorge Carlos Ramírez Marín, now Secretary for Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (SEDATU), as reported in the New York Times story. We note that both Secretary Osorio Chong and Secretary Ramirez Marin have also denied this reported conversation.
The United States remains committed to working in partnership with Mexico and the administration of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to increase economic competitiveness in both countries, promote regional development, advance bilateral efforts to develop a secure and efficient 21st Century Border, and address our shared security challenges.