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Trump names lawyer Lighthizer as top trade rep

4 years 6 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, January 03 2017 Jan 3, 2017 January 03, 2017 7:09 AM January 03, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ

WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump says he'll nominate lawyer Robert Lighthizer (LYT'-hy-zur) as U.S. trade representative, picking an experienced trade official who has questioned the conservative movement's commitment to free trade.

Lighthizer, who served as deputy USTR under President Ronald Reagan, would play a key role in Trump's trade agenda.

The president-elect has vigorously opposed the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, but has said he would ink one-on-one trade deals with individual countries. Trump has also signaled a tough stance on trade with China, including levying a hefty tariff on Chinese imports.

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