Former Reagan Deputy Trade Rep Tapped as Trump’s New Trade Guy

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Ronald Reagan’s former deputy trade representative to head the U.S. Trade Representative office.

The latest addition to the Trump administration is Robert Lighthizer, 69, who will represent the U.S. in its trade deals. According to Trump’s transition team, Lighthizer, who served as deputy trade representative during the Reagan administration “negotiated about two dozen bilateral international trade deals during the Reagan years.”

Lighthizer was also a Senate Finance Committee Chief of Staff and has extensive experience in international trade law, spending over thirty years working for the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom.

Robert Lightizer

Robert Lighthizer

President-elect Trump said this about his new pick, “Lighthizer will work closely with Secretary of Commerce-designate Wilbur Ross and White House National Trade Council head Peter Navarro on policies to ‘shrink our trade deficit, expand economic growth, strengthen our manufacturing base and help stop the exodus of jobs from our shores.’”

Trump added, “Lighthizer is going to do an outstanding job representing the United States as we fight for good trade deals that put the American worker first. He has extensive experience striking agreements that protect some of the most important sectors of our economy and has repeatedly fought in the private sector to prevent bad deals from hurting Americans. He will do an amazing job helping turn around the failed trade policies which have robbed so many Americans of prosperity.”

Lightizer said, “I am fully committed to President-elect Trump’s mission to level the playing field for American workers and forge better trade policies which will benefit all Americans.”

H/T: The Hill

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