Axios’ Jonathan Swan reports on the growing influence of President Trump’s trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer who is “increasingly winning internal arguments over the administration’s inevitable economic confrontation with China.”
Lighthizer makes the pro-trade community nervous. He agrees with Trump that the mounting trade deficits with China are unacceptable. And he’s staking out such hardline negotiating positions with South Korea (on the KORUS trade deal) and Canada and Mexico (on NAFTA) that top Republicans on the Hill and in Washington’s business community fear he will torpedo both deals.
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