Robert Lighthizer

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Nafta has fundamentally failed many, many Americans and needs major improvement.feedback
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Aug 17 2017 NAFTA
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Jun 12 2017 - Trump Presidency

I apologize for being late to work. For months I got bogged down in that swamp that you've been trying to clean.feedback

May 31 2017

Over the last decade, our bilateral trade deficit has risen from about $7 billion to nearly $32 billion. This concerning growth in our trade deficit presents new challenges and shows us that there is considerable potential to improve further our important trade relationship.feedback

May 21 2017 - Trans Pacific Partnership

The United States pulled out of the TPP and it's not going to change that decision.feedback

May 21 2017 - Multilateralism

We expect to engage with members here in many cases on bilateral basis. The president made the decision, which I certainly agree with, that bilateral negotiation is better for the United States than multilateral negotiations. But we certainly expect to stay engaged and I believe that at some point that there'll be series of bilateral agreements with willing partners in this part of the world. Our view is that we want free trade, we want fair trade, we want a system that leads to greater market efficiencies in the world.feedback

May 20 2017 - Trans Pacific Partnership

It's going to be tough to see how he can connect all the dots between what the president says, what the private sector has been saying, what the agricultural sector has been saying, what Congress has been saying, the different parties. It's a lot of moving parts.feedback

May 19 2017 - NAFTA

As a starting point for negotiations, we should build on what has worked in NAFTA and change and improve what has not. If renegotiations result in a fairer deal for American workers there is value in making the transition to a modernized NAFTA as seamless as possible.feedback

May 18 2017 - NAFTA

We note that Nafta was renegotiated 25 years ago, and while our economy and businesses have changed considerably over that period, Nafta has not. Big isn't a good enough word. Massive.feedback

May 18 2017 - Trump Presidency

When my grandchildren . . . talk to their grandchildren, they will say that President Trump permanently reversed the dangerous trajectory of American trade.feedback

May 18 2017 - NAFTA

I would note that many of these negotiations will be bilateral and many of the issues are bilateral, but our hope is that we will end up with a structure that is similar to what we have now. If that proves to be impossible, we will move in another direction. We should build on what has worked in NAFTA, but change and improve what has not.feedback

May 18 2017 - NAFTA

Today, President Trump fulfilled one of his key promises to the American people. For years, politicians have called for the renegotiation of this agreement, but President Trump is the first to follow through with that promise. Moreover, establishing effective implementation and aggressive enforcement of the commitments made by our trading partners under our trade agreements is vital to the success of those agreements and should be improved in the context of Nafta.feedback

May 18 2017 - NAFTA

In particular, we note that Nafta was negotiated 25 years ago, and while our economy and businesses have changed considerably over that period, Nafta has not.feedback

May 15 2017 - NAFTA

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 and made our farmers, ranchers and workers richer and the country safer. I hope I can make some small contribution to that accomplishment.feedback

Mar 21 2017 - Mexico

There are a number of issues we have to address with respect to Canada.feedback

Mar 14 2017

I expect to do what the president instructs me to do when he instructs me to do it.feedback

Mar 14 2017

In the past, it is my judgment that China was a substantial currency manipulator and I think we've lost a lot of jobs in the United States because of it. Whether China is manipulating its currency right now, to weaken it, that's another question.feedback

Mar 14 2017 - Mexico

Our objective is not just to get the trade deficit down, our objective is to get more efficiency in the market. Everybody wins, and the U.S. producers really win, to the extent we can break down trade barriers.feedback

Mar 14 2017

I think Ambassador Froman did a remarkable job in a variety of areas, and I think we should take advantage of that work.feedback

Mar 14 2017

Exports and enforcement, that's what we have to do. In the past, it is my judgment that China was a substantial currency manipulator. Whether China is manipulating the currency right now to weaken it is another question. That's up to the Treasury Secretary.feedback

Mar 14 2017 - Mexico

We can do better in negotiating our trade agreements and stronger in enforcing our trade laws.feedback

Jan 03 2017

Years of passivity and drift among U.S. policymakers have allowed the U.S.-China trade deficit to grow to the point where is widely recognized as a major threat to our economy.feedback

Jan 03 2017

Moreover, many American conservatives have opposed free trade. Jesse Helms, the most outspoken conservative in the Senate for three decades, was no free trader. Neither was Alexander Hamilton, who could be considered the founder of American conservatism.feedback

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