Trump orders the establishment of an Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, to be run by Navarro

President Trump, on his 100th day in office Saturday, signed an executive order establishing “the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy” — an entity to be run by Peter Navarro, who was originally named to head the White House National Trade Council. [Jenny Leonard] April 29th, 2017 [Inside U.S. Trade] The executive order says the White House…

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Renegotiate NAFTA Right Donald Trump needs to rethink his priorities in order to get a better trade deal.

President Donald Trump has called the North American Free Trade Agreement “the worst trade deal” ever signed by the United States. After threatening to withdraw from the agreement this week, he has announced that he will attempt to renegotiate it instead. The pact can be improved in ways that will help working people throughout the hemisphere,…

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Stephen Vaughn, the Hamiltonian at USTR Vaughn, the current acting U.S. Trade Representative, is a trade lawyer who shares Trump’s distaste for recent U.S. trade policy

What does “Hamilton” have to do with trade policy? More than you might think in the case of acting U.S. Trade Representative Stephen Vaughn, who counts himself among the hit Broadway musical’s legions of fans.   [DOUG PALMER] April, 27th 2017 [Politico] Vaughn, a history buff as well as a trade lawyer, says he has…

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Ross ties lumber, dairy issues to NAFTA talks with Canada, faults Congress for stalling process

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross — after announcing preliminary countervailing duty rates for softwood lumber from Canada this week — on Tuesday said “one of the problems” with NAFTA is that lumber and an unrelated dairy dispute with Canada are two key areas not covered by the trilateral agreement, which he said is stalled in Congress. [Jenny Leonard]…

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