Lighthizer served as deputy U.S. Trade Representative under the Reagan administration, where he was involved in the negotiation of two dozen bilateral international agreements. As part of the Trump administration, he will work alongside incoming Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Peter Navarro, the head of the newly-created White House Trade Council, to develop and implement trade policies. In a statement from his transition team, Trump said Lighthizer will do an “outstanding job representing the United States as we fight for good trade deals that put the American worker first.” “He has extensive experience striking agreements that protect some of the most important sectors of our economy, and has repeatedly fought in the private sector to prevent bad deals from hurting Americans. He will do an amazing job helping turn around the failed trade policies which have robbed so many Americans of prosperity,” Trump said. Lighthizer, 69, said he is fully committed to Trump’s mission to “level the playing field for American workers and forge better trade policies which will benefit all Americans.” Lighthizer is currently a partner at law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he focuses on traditional trade litigation, policy advice and legislative initiatives, according to the firm’s website . explanationHis clients include large U.S. corporations and coalitions in heavy manufacturing, agriculture, technology and financial services. He has also been the lead counsel in numerous antidumping and countervailing duty cases. Lighthizer also served as vice chairman of the board of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, which promotes economic growth in developing countries through U.S. investment, and served as chief of staff of the United States Senate Committee on Finance prior to his appointment as deputy USTR.
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