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Lighthizer, at swearing-in ceremony, promises to ‘reverse’ America’s ‘dangerous’ trade policies

May 17, 2017

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer took office on Monday promising to help President Trump “permanently” reverse what he described as America’s “dangerous” trade policies.

[Jenny Leonard & Dan Dupont] May 15th, 2017 [Inside Trade]

At his swearing-in ceremony, Lighthizer said he was “grateful to have been asked by the president to serve him on this very important issue of international trade,” adding that “when my grandchildren, who are here today, talk to their grandchildren, they will say that President Trump permanently reversed the dangerous trajectory of American trade, put America first, made our farmers, ranchers and workers richer and the country safer, and I hope I can make some small contribution to that accomplishment.”

Lighthizer called himself a student of history and said that “when all the dust of partisan vitriol has settled, and serious people provide thoughtful analysis, the Trump administration will be ranked as one of the greatest in American history.”

Vice President Mike Pence presided over the ceremony at the Old Executive Office Building, calling Lighthizer “uniquely qualified” and one of the “leading experts” on trade issues in the U.S.

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