Donald Trump on Tuesday morning announced that he will nominate Robert Lighthizer to be the United States trade representative.
“Ambassador 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,” Trump said in a statement. “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.”
Lighthizer supports Trump’s trade agenda and was an early supporter of the President-elect. He served as deputy U.S. trade representative under President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s.