October 18, 2021

Tai confirmed as top U.S. trade negotiator

Tai confirmed as top U.S. trade negotiator

Tai confirmed as top U.S. trade negotiator

By David J. Lynch
17 March 2021

Katherine Tai, a longtime congressional staff lawyer, won Senate confirmation on Wednesday as the first woman of color to serve as the top U.S. trade negotiator.

The Senate approved her nomination 98-0, marking a rare bipartisan agreement in a deeply-divided Washington.

Among her first tasks will be advising the president on what to do about existing tariffs on most imported Chinese products, presiding over enforcement of a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada, and seeking a negotiated end to a long-running commercial dispute with the European Union.

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