Robert Lighthizer confirmed as USA trade representative

Robert Lighthizer confirmed as USA trade representative

Robert Lighthizer confirmed as USA trade representative

One of his first acts will likely be to begin negotiations with Mexico and Canada to rewrite the 23-year-old Nafta, which Mr. Trump has branded "a disaster", and which he has been eager to overhaul since taking office in January.

Senate Votes to Confirm Lighthizer as Trade RepresentativeUSAgNet - 05/12/2017Senators voted Thursday to confirm Robert Lighthizer as the next USA trade representative, but the 82-14 tally exposed some discontent within President Trump's own party about the direction the administration is going on trade.

He says Lighthizer's first priority should be maintaining the gains USA agriculture has made with NAFTA as that deal is renegotiated.

For example, Trump may specify that even Chinese components are allowed in complex manufactured products under the NAFTA rules without changing the country of origin from Mexican or Canadian.

A Reagan-era deputy US trade representative, Lighthizer is seen by many trade experts as a seasoned practitioner with protectionist leanings and a soft spot for heavy industry. In addition to negotiating trade deals, the USTR represents Washington in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and publishes annual reports on U.S. trade policy.

"AdvaMed strongly supports trade policies that open and maintain access to foreign markets".

Mexico's primary bargaining chip with the Trump administration is need of the U.S.to get Mexico's help on border security and immigration.

The Trump administration is not making it easy to predict what a NAFTA renegotiation will look like for Canada.

The office of USTR is responsible for developing and overseeing USA trade policy, including strategy, negotiation, implementation and enforcement of multilateral, regional/bilateral and sector-specific trade agreements. Trump has often focused his ire on China as a bad actor in their trade practices. The United States slapped a tariff on imports of Canadian softwood lumber last month, after negotiations stalled in the long-standing dispute.

The "Canada and United States" page on the Government of Canada websites notes, "Since the Canada-U.S". Meanwhile, 60 percent of Mexicans call the agreement good for Mexico. "One of the keys to ensuring continued growth of beef, pork and lamb exports will be dismantling these barriers so our industry is able to compete on a level playing field", said Philip Seng, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), in a statement.

In 2010 testimony to U.S.

Trump and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in an interview with The Economist last week that they expect Lighthizer to be confirmed this week. Mexico and Canada could opt to make it the framework for their trade relationship, he said.

Recommended News

  • AG Sessions tells prosecutors to seek 'most serious' charges

    AG Sessions tells prosecutors to seek 'most serious' charges

    Directives from Eric Holder, Obama's first attorney general, gave prosecutors wide latitude on the types of cases they could file. Rand Paul was also outspoken in his disagreement with the policies Sessions sought to enact.
    Full flower moon coming tonight

    Full flower moon coming tonight

    For South Florida, the flower moon will rise Wednesday bright and large in the east-southeast at 7:53 p.m. Names were given to full moons to help track the seasons, so they often reflects changes in nature.
    Democratic Senators call for probe into Icahn's biofuel credit dealings

    Democratic Senators call for probe into Icahn's biofuel credit dealings

    According to the senators, Icahn used his position as an adviser to Trump to influence policy that would benefit CVR. Icahn has previously denied accusations that his proposals for policy changes were created to benefit his company.
  • Kurdish-led forces say they will advance on IS capital

    He earlier said that after Tabqa is secured, the Syrian Kurdish-led forces will continue operations to "isolate and seize Raqqa ". The YPG is seen by the USA as an indispensable ally in the fight against ISIL but considered a "terrorist group" by Turkey.
    14 students and driver hurt in bus wreck near St. Louis

    14 students and driver hurt in bus wreck near St. Louis

    The Missouri Highway Patrol told KTVI a white truck and a red vehicle got into an accident ahead of the bus on westbound I-44. A school bus hit a guard rail and went into a ravine east of the Lindbergh exit on westbound I-44 at around 8am Thursday.
    How we defeated Atletico Madrid - Zidane

    How we defeated Atletico Madrid - Zidane

    With his goals on Tuesday, Ronaldo increased his total to 400 with Madrid, by far the most of any player in the club's history. Safe to say, it looks an uphill task for Simeone and his side. "But what impresses me the most are his heading skills".
  • CR7's hat-trick helps Real Madrid dominate over Atletico Madrid

    Then, when we brought Lucas and Marco on, that gave a bit more balance defensively and offered us greater width down the flanks. Find us on Facebook too! I've prepared to be fit for this final stage of the league and for the Champions League as well.
    3 shootings by police put spotlight on Justice Department

    3 shootings by police put spotlight on Justice Department

    This afternoon, the US Department of Justice announced that the Alton Sterling case will not be prosecuted by federal authorities. Amundson said the officers' encounter with the 6-foot-3, more than 300-pound Sterling happened in the span of about 90 seconds.
    Kanye West working on new album at Wyoming retreat

    Kanye West working on new album at Wyoming retreat

    TMZ reports that West's already spent two weeks at an undisclosed Wyoming retreat, and he recently returned for a second session. With the exception of a few cameos on Kim Kardashian's Instagram account, West hasn't even been photographed since February.
  • Turkey plays key role in Belt and Road Initiative: Erdogan

    The strategy consists of two components: land-based "Silk Road Economic Belt" (SREB) and oceangoing "Maritime Silk Road" (MSR). In January, President Trump withdrew the United States from the partnership, putting the future of the deal into uncertainty.
    Sophie Turner Finds Dating Joe Jonas Easy

    Sophie Turner Finds Dating Joe Jonas Easy

    However, in a statement provided to multiple media outlets , Turner said she actually used the word "motherf*ckers". A Game of Thrones fan account uploaded a video of Turner working out at a gym with boyfriend Joe Jonas.

    How to REALLY Make Your Mom's Mother's Day the Best Ever

    But if you want to do something out of the box then it is time to get quirky and pick out some of the unique gifts available. Many husbands help celebrate Mother's Day by staying out of their wife's way by heading out to the lake for some fishing.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.