Robert Lighthizer approved as United States trade representative

Marsha Scott
May 13, 2017

Cory Gardner, meanwhile - one of just three from his party to oppose Robert Lighthizer's confirmation - said he voted against the nominee because "his policies could hurt Colorado's farmers and ranchers". Those Democrats were joined by 45 Republicans who voted for Robert E. Lighthizer, a rare bipartisan moment coming a day after Democrats demanded an independent criminal investigation of Trump's 2016 campaign after he fired James B. Comey as FBI director.

Mexico runs a sizeable trade deficit with China, and the government could face resistance from Mexican manufacturers to opening up to China, as the two often compete directly. "The precondition to negotiating NAFTA is that we can't go back to the past". And Peter Navarro, a vociferous critic of China, is advising the White House on trade.

"We all know that China is not a free trader, that's the reality", he said.

The Senate voted 82-14 to confirm Robert Lighthizer, who served as deputy USA trade representative under President Ronald Reagan and has worked on trade issues as a lawyer representing various manufacturers and high-tech companies.

A staunch opponent of Trump on nearly every issue, Peters embraced Lighthizer's criticism of the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement and his more skeptical views toward multilateral trade deals of the past.

According to the Pew Research Center, 51 percent of US citizens believe the trade deal is good for the USA while 76 percent of Canadians and 60 percent of Mexicans find it positive. He also has represented the United States at meetings of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and meetings related to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (the precursor to the World Trade Organization).

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Guajardo said talk of the United States preparing to leave NAFTA was likely part of a strategy to press Congress to approve Trump's pick for US trade representative.

Lighthizer served as a top aide on the Senate Finance Committee under Sen.

If the administration triggers the consultation period next week, NAFTA negotiations with Canada and Mexico could start in August at the earliest.

If the United States were to withdraw from NAFTA, it would not necessarily mean the end of the trade deal. John McCain (Ariz.) and Ben Sasse (Neb.).

As a lawyer, Lighthizer has always been critical of China's steel dumping. But in spite of the potential legal landfalls, the Senate decided that it was high time to install the chief US trade representative, and confirmed Lighthizer by a landslide.

Under Lighthizer, Wolff says, "trade policy is going to get a lot more muscular".

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