Incoming U.S. Trade Rep: 'Trade Policy Must Benefit Regular Americans'

Incoming U.S. Trade Rep: 'Trade Policy Must Benefit Regular Americans'

The nominee to become the next United States Trade Representative (USTR), Katherine Tai, says U.S. trade policy “must benefit regular Americans” and is vowing a “worker-centered trade policy.”

In a speech to the National Foreign Trade Council, Tai hinted at the guiding principles she is set to focus on as the successor to USTR Robert Lighthizer, who has praised the nominee for her involvement in whipping Democrat support for President Trump’s United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

“The president-elect’s vision is to implement a worker-centered trade policy,” Tai said, according to the Wall Street Journal. “What it means in practice is that U.S. trade policy must benefit regular Americans, communities, and workers. And that starts with recognizing that people are not just consumers. They are also workers and wage earners.”

Tai praised the USMCA as “notable for incorporating groundbreaking labor and environmental provisions, including enforcement mechanisms that address longstanding wounds and grievances

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