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Lighthizer Approval as Trade Rep Paves Way for Nafta Talks

  • Senate votes for USTR head by comfortable margin of 82-14
  • Revamping trade deals is a key priority of the administration
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The U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick as top trade negotiator, clearing the way for the administration to reset relations starting with the North American Free Trade Agreement.

In a 82-14 vote, the Senate approved Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative on Thursday. Trump tapped Lighthizer for the position in January, but the lawyer’s confirmation was delayed by questions from lawmakers over work he did decades ago on behalf of foreign governments, for which he had to get a legal waiver.