Robert Lighthizer

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.