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What We Know About How Robert Lighthizer Will Negotiate NAFTA?

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Daily Download: What we know about the exact policy formulations when it comes to NAFTA?

President-Elect Trump announced his decision today to nominate Robert Lighthizer, a trade lawyer and a harsh critic of China’s trade practices as U.S. Trade Representative. Lighthizer served under President Ronald Reagan as Deputy United States Trade Representative and in the incoming administration, he will be closely working with Secretary of Commerce-designate Wilbur Ross and Peter Navarro.

“It is a very high honor to represent our nation and to serve in President-elect Trump’s administration as the U.S. Trade Representative. I am fully committed to President-elect Trump’s mission to level the playing field for American workers and forge better trade policies which will benefit all Americans,” said Robert Lighthizer who comes to the new administration with negotiation experience.

It is still unclear, however, how the specific policy plans regarding NAFTA negotiation will look like and how President-Elect thinks to implement his agenda. The exact policy formulations will be known only after the Inauguration.

President-Elect Trump tweeted this morning: “With all that Congress has to work on, do they really have to make the weakening of the Indepent Ethics Watchdog, as unfair as it may be, their number one act and priority. Focus on tax reform, healthcare and so many other things of far greater importance.”

“Vice President-Elect Pence equally shares that concern”, the incoming Press Secretary Sean Spicer suggested this morning.

Today in New York, President-Elect and Vice President-Elect Pence began the day in Presidential Daily Briefing and National Security briefing. Later this week they will receive the final report from the intelligence community on the Russian cyber hack around wich there have been many conflicting views with the outgoing administrations.

Today, President-Elect will meet with Doctor Joseph Guzman, a professor from Michigan State University, a member of Trump’s National Hispanic Advisory Committee.

We will continue to provide details about the transition and will resume with our Daily Download tomorrow.


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Ksenija Pavlovic

Ksenija Pavlovic

Ksenija Pavlovic is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovic Today, The Chief White House Correspondent.

Pavlovic was a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Fellow in the Political Science department at Yale University, Lead Instructor in International Affairs and Security and Politics Law and Economics programs at Yale Global Scholars, Head Writing Fellow at the Yale Graduate Writing Center, Fellow of the “Research and Travel Award in Grand Strategy” from International Security Studies (ISS) at Yale University, Fellow of the Roger Hertog Global Strategy Initiative in Religious Violence at Columbia University, a Doctoral candidate in Political Conflict and Peace Building Processes at Complutense University in Madrid, Fellow of the OSI Global Supplementary Grant Program, and a Visiting Doctoral Fellow at the Juan March Institute. She holds an M.Sc. in European Politics from the London School of Economics, an M.A. in American Politics, and a B.A. in Journalism and Communication from the University of Belgrade. She speaks English, Serbian, Croatian, and Spanish.

Pavlovic has interviewed exclusively pivotal figures including Arianna Huffington, Sir Richard Branson, President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim, Karlie Kloss, filmmaker and founder of the Webby awards Tiffany Shlain, film director Lars von Trier, actors Adam Brody, Monica Bellucci, fashion designers Adolfo Dominguez, Tommy Hilfiger and Donna Karan, publisher and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes; the world No.1 tennis player Novak Djokovic; novelist Martin Amis, as well as big names in the governmental arena such as the former President of Serbia Boris Tadic, the leading members of the first democratic Serbian government and Milorad Dodik, President of the Serbian entity of BIH. Moreover, Ms. Pavlovic has exclusively covered the Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, London Film Festival, Madrid Fashion Week, The Madrid Open, and a range of other international benefit and political events.


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