Donald Trump names Robert Lighthizer as US trade representative

  • US President-elect 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.
  • Earlier, 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 and 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.