The Senate on Thursday signed off on President Trump’s nominee to become the nation’s chief trade representative, ending more than four months of delays that the administration blamed for slowing its initiatives on trade, including efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.
“There’s definitely a new dynamic now,” said Nate Olson, a trade specialist at the Stimson Center think tank. But it won’t be an easy spot for Lighthizer, he added.
“He’ll have their backing as the statutory lead on trade negotiations, but he’ll also be the one in the hot seat as Congress demands a coherent policy and concrete progress,” Olson said.
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