President-elect Trump is putting his more protectionist ‘stamp’ on the incoming administration, tapping key trade players for U.S. Trade Representative and other agencies opposed to pure free trade policies. Trump’s pick for U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, served as a deputy trade representative in the Reagan years and went on to lobby for U.S. steel firms, pressing for punitive measures against foreign steel.
Former USDA trade chief in the Clinton Administration, Paul Drazek, says Lighthizer is viewed as a “forceful” personality and one who could centralize the trade function at USTR that Trump’s other appointments to Commerce and a new trade council could compliment…
President-elect Trump has threatened to heavily tax imports from China and Mexico, two nations that U.S. agriculture relies heavily on for markets.
(From the National Association of Farm Broadcasters News Service)