Patrick J. Toomey

Nominee to head U.S. trade negotiations defends Trump, criticizes China

Nominee to head U.S. trade negotiations defends Trump, criticizes China

President Trump's nominee to be the top U.S. trade negotiator, getting a hearing before the Senate after a long delay, passionately defended his future White House boss against concerns that the president's business interests abroad could compromise America's trade objectives.

Robert Lighthizer, named to be the U.S. trade representative, is well regarded by many on both sides of the aisle as a knowledgeable, aggressive and seasoned trade negotiator with deep experience in the private sector and government.

He was introduced at the hearing Tuesday as a "bulldog" by Bob Dole, the respected former senator for whom Lighthizer once worked, and there was every indication...

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