The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Trump’s nominee for U.S. trade representative on a bipartisan vote, despite complaints from some Republicans that the administration has an “ongoing, incoherent and inconsistent trade message.”
The Senate voted 82-14 to confirm Robert E. Lighthizer, who served as deputy U.S. trade representative under President Ronald Reagan and has worked on trade issues as a lawyer representing manufacturers and high-tech companies.
Lighthizer will take his cues from a president who has broken with most Republicans in his criticism of free-trade deals.
Two Republican senators said late Wednesday they would oppose Lighthizer. Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Ben Sasse (Neb.) said in a letter to Lighthizer that his confirmation process had failed to reassure them that he understands the economic benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. Click here to read more.
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