USTR nominee Robert Lighthizer hearing before Senate Finance Committee

New USTR Lighthizer gets to work

Importance of NAFTA and other agricultural issues highlighted as key areas of focus for newly sworn-in U.S. trade representative.

On Monday, Robert Lighthizer was sworn in as the 18th U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). At a ceremony at the White House, Vice President Mike Pence presided over Ambassador Lighthizer’s swearing in, which completes President Donald Trump’s Cabinet.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity and direct investment policy and overseeing negotiations with other countries.

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