Ross pledges to design ‘model trade agreement,’ calls for systematic re-examination of deals

President-elect Trump’s pick for Commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, said on Wednesday that he wants to overhaul how the U.S. negotiates free trade agreements, urging a “systematic re-examination” process that would assess where a deal falls short and listing reciprocity and simultaneity of concessions as two of the principles he wants to include in his model.…

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Eric Schmidt and other tech execs want government protection from China, and it sounds a bit like Trump

  President-elect Donald Trump and the tech industry may have more in common than they realized. [Eugene Kim| January 9, 2017 |Business Insider] Though Trump was almost universally unpopular in Silicon Valley during the campaign, a new proposal from a group of high-profile tech leaders doesn’t sound so different from some of Trump’s protectionist language on trade.…

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Neal pushing for TTIP talks to get ‘back on track;’ says border adjustability provision uncertain

The new House Ways & Means ranking member, Richard Neal (D-MA), is urging the incoming Trump administration to resume Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks with the European Union — adding that he asked President Obama two years ago to prioritize those negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership — and warned that a border adjustment provision…

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SOS Nominee Tillerson does not Oppose TPP

Washington (CNN)President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, is facing resistance from a notable quarter — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. [Nicole Gaouette| January 11, 2017 |CNN] Rubio — who refused to say if he would vote for Tillerson after a day of testimony — pressed the former ExxonMobil CEO hard Wednesday on…

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