LAST PIECE OF THE CABINET PUZZLE: TRUMP AND PENCE SIGN IN U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE ROBERT LIGHTHIZER

U.S. Trade Representative,  Robert Lighthizer, is the final piece of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet being sworn in today.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan appointed Lighthizer as deputy U.S. Trade representative.

Pence noted:

In this capacity, he directly contributed to the renewed growth and prosperity of that era by negotiating more than two dozen bilateral trade agreements with nations all across the wider world.

For the past 30 years, Robert has represented the American businesses that are the beating heart of our economy as a trade litigator. From manufacturing to agriculture, high-tech to financial services, Robert Lighthizer has distinguished himself as a tireless defender of America’s workers and America’s future, and now he’ll be doing it for the United States of America.

Lighthizer’s appointment has been billed as the impetus needed to get the ball rolling on some of Trump’s larger trade-related goals, even as Ross is still expected to be more involved in trade discussions than has been the case among commerce secretaries in administrations past. On NAFTA in particular, Trump at times has threatened to torpedo the three-nation trade deal entirely, though he’s also signaled a willingness to simply renegotiate it.

Trump’s entire cabinet, including Lighthizer, is now listed on the White House website.

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