Who’s Who of U.S. Trade Policies

December 11, 2018 10:30 AM
With so many names floating around it could be confusing as to who does what and who will actually get things done for U.S. citizens.

There are a lot of cooks in the kitchen when it comes to negotiating a trade deal with China with President Donald Trump listening to a wide range of economic and trade advisors. With so many names floating around it could be confusing as to who does what and who will actually get things done for U.S. citizens.

Jim Wiesmeyer, Pro Farmer Washington analyst, helps cut through the noise to tell you the who’s who of U.S. trade—aside from President Donald Trump, of course.



U.S. Trade Representative Bob Lighthizer

(C: White House)

Sworn in May 15, 2017

Twitter: @USTradeRep

Experience: trade negotiation and litigation

Wiesmeyer: “He’s going to be the closer on this deal.”

See his bio here.

Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin

(C: White House)

Sworn in Feb. 13, 2017

Twitter: @StevenMnuchin1

Experience: former finance chairman for Donald J. trump for President and senior economic adviser to the president in crafting economic positions and speeches

Wiesmeyer: “The next on to have faith in knowing what they’re talking about is Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and he’s actually the person the Chinese like to deal with the most because he’s the most favorable to them in these things.”

See his bio here.

Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow

Larry Kudlow CNBC

Announced March 14, 2018

Twitter: @larry_kudlow

Experience: Wall Street, government and media, previously served the Reagan administration in an economic adviser role

Wiesmeyer: “It’s a lot of noise, but it’s not all noise and once in a while he’ll give a signal tone.”

Read more about him here.

Director of the National Trade Council Peter Navarrow


Experience: Ph. D. in economics from Harvard, authored several management books and previously served as a business professor at the University of California-Irvine

Wiesmeyer: “If they need an attack dog they go to Peter Navarro to get some negative new out or to jab the Chinese.”

Read more about him here.

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Spell Check

Dan B
12/13/2018 10:45 AM

  Is this the team to make the best out of a badly planned trade war? Aren't we paying a lot of tuition for Individual 1?


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