February 22, 2018

Lighthizer approved as United States trade rep

13 May 2017, 10:45 | Kara Nash

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross sits for a portrait after an interview in his office in Washington

Ross sits for a portrait after an interview in his office in Washington

Mexico's ties with the United States have been strained by U.S. President Donald Trump's repeated pledge to dump NAFTA if he can not secure better terms for American workers and industry in a renegotiation.

As the nomination was finally approved, trade negotiations under Trump's "America first" policy are set to shift into high gear.

Lighthizer's experience includes deputy trade representative under President Ronald Reagan, chief of staff for the Senate Finance Committee, as well as direct private sector experience in enforcing trade rules on behalf of his clients. He is known for having taken a tough stance in negotiations, as seen in the Japan-U.S. talks over steel, after which Japan was driven to impose voluntary restraint on exports of the product.

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On Thursday, Mr Guajardo sent a stark message to the United States, saying an upcoming visit by Mexican officials to China showed Latin America's second largest economy had other places to export to if Mr Trump chose to tear up Nafta. "We also want to examine opportunities for bilateral trade agreements in key markets like Japan". The American Soybean Association (ASA) said it was important for the Trump administration and Congress to pick someone like Lighthizer as USTR chief, since he understands the impacts and importance of trade to USA industry and the nation's economy.

According to the Pew Research Center, 51 percent of US citizens believe the trade deal is good for the USA while 76 percent of Canadians and 60 percent of Mexicans find it positive.

Lighthizer will begin work on a variety of pressing trade policy issues, including the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), expanding market access channels in Asia, and preventing the loss of common food names.

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