President elect of the United States, Donald Trump named prominent trade attorney Robert Lighthizer as his chief trade negotiator. He will be in charge of negotiating deals and engaging in trade relationships with other countries.
Before this, Robert Lighthizer had served as the Deputy United States Trade Representative under the Ronald Regan administration and is known for harsh critic of China’s trade practices.
He has extensive experience in striking agreements that protect some of the most important sectors of the US. Lighthizer has repeatedly fought in the private sector to prevent bad deals from hurting Americans.
During his stint in the Regan Administration, he played a major role in developing trade policy and negotiating roughly two dozen bilateral international agreements on a variety of topics from grains to steel.About the Office of the US Trade Representatives
- Formed: 1962
- Preceding agency: Office of the Special Trade Representative
- Headquarters: Winder Building 600 17th St. NW Washington, D.C.
- Employees: 200
- Website: www.ustr.gov
- Parent agency: Executive Office of the President of the United States
Current Trade Rep executives Under Obama Administration
- Michael Froman, US Trade Representative
- Robert Holleyman, Deputy US Trade Representative
- Michael Punke, Deputy US Trade Representative (Geneva)