US Senate confirms Trump trade representative ahead of NAFTA talks

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May 12, 2017 04:12
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The US Senate on Thursday approved President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Trade Representative, a critical position ahead of renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.

Delays in Senate confirmation of veteran trade lawyer Robert Lighthizer more than 100 days after his nomination have set back Trump's trade agenda, including the start of talks about revamping one of the world's biggest trading blocs.

Lighthizer won support from both Republicans and Democrats in the Republican-led Senate on Thursday, with an 82-14 vote to confirm his nomination.

The administration has had to wait for Lighthizer to be in place before triggering the formal process to begin renegotiating NAFTA.

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