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 office’s charge is to “defend and serve American workers and domestic manufacturers while advising the President on policies to increase economic growth, decrease the trade deficit, and strengthen the United States manufacturing and defense industrial bases.”
Among Navarro’s duties in his new position will be to “serve as a liaison between the White House and the Department of Commerce and undertake trade-related special projects as requested by the President,” the order states.
Navarro’s National Trade Council, sources said, was never officially established, and one source said Navarro pushed for the signing of the April 29 order – tied to a 100-day rally Trump held on April 29 in the manufacturing state of Pennsylvania.