Robert Lighthizer

  • Donald Trump Oct 3, 2019

    US Tariffs on EU Goods Would Include Cheese, Wine, Aircraft

    The Trump administration plans to impose tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of European imports _ from gouda cheese to single-malt whiskey to large aircraft _ beginning Oct. 18 to retaliate against illegal European Union subsidies for aviation giant Airbus. The latest escalation in the administration’s tariffs will open a new chapter in the trade wars that are depressing the world...

  • Donald Trump Sep 30, 2019

    Could Washington's Impeachment Drama Spark China Trade Deal?

    The Democratic impeachment inquiry may do at least one thing for President Donald Trump: It could give him more incentive to resolve his trade war with China. As the political heat rises in Washington, a deal with Beijing would allow Trump to claim a much-needed victory and divert some attention from an explosive congressional investigation into his dealings with Ukraine....

  • Donald Trump Jul 27, 2019

    US Presses WTO to Stop Lenient Trade Treatment of China

    President Donald Trump pressed the World Trade Organization on Friday to stop letting China and other economies receive lenient treatment under global trade rules by calling themselves “developing” countries. In a memo, Trump directed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to “use all available means” to get the WTO to prevent countries from claiming developing country status if their economic strength...

  • Donald Trump May 7, 2019

    China Economy Czar Heading for Washington Tariff War Talks

    China confirmed Tuesday its economy czar will go to Washington for trade talks despite fears he might cancel after President Donald Trump threatened to escalate a tariff war over Beijing’s technology ambitions. The announcement suggests President Xi Jinping’s government is putting its desire to end a conflict that has battered Chinese exporters ahead of the political need to look tough...

  • Donald Trump Mar 16, 2019

    US Business Groups Encouraged by Prospect of US-China Deal

    U.S. business groups said Friday they are encouraged by China’s approval of a new law that loosens restrictions on foreign investment and said it could help smooth the way to a substantive trade agreement between the two countries. China’s ceremonial legislature passed a measure Thursday seeking to prevent Chinese officials from forcing U.S. and other foreign companies to turn over...

  • China Mar 15, 2019

    China's Premier Denies Beijing Tells Companies to Spy

    China’s premier denied Beijing tells its tech companies to spy abroad and promised Friday to treat foreign and domestic competitors equally, seeking to defuse tensions with Washington and Europe over technology, market access and other irritants. Premier Li Keqiang’s rejection of spying accusations at a news conference was the communist government’s highest-level effort to put to rest Western security concerns....

  • Donald Trump Feb 21, 2019

    US, China Resume Trade Talks in Washington Ahead of Deadline

    The U.S. and China resumed high-levels talks Thursday aimed at easing a trade standoff that has unnerved global investors and clouded the outlook for the world economy. The talks opened as a Chinese delegation led by Vice Premier Liu He sat down with a U.S. team led by Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary...

  • Donald Trump Feb 1, 2019

    Trump Plans to Meet Xi After US-China Talks End With No Deal

    President Donald Trump expects to meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to try to resolve a six-month trade standoff after U.S. and Chinese negotiators ended two days of talks Thursday without settling the toughest issues that divide the world’s two biggest economies. The White House said in a statement that the two sides had made progress but that “much...

  • Donald Trump Jan 30, 2019

    For US-China Trade Talks, Hopes Are High, Expectations Low

    U.S. and Chinese negotiators start two days of high-level talks Wednesday aimed at settling a six-month trade war that has weakened both sides, shaken financial markets and clouded the outlook for the global economy. Yet the odds seem stacked against any substantive resolution this week to the standoff between the world’s two biggest economies. Perhaps the best that might be...

  • Donald Trump Sep 21, 2018

    Target Says Trump Tariffs Would ‘Penalize American Families'

    Target is “deeply troubled” by the Trump administration’s escalating trade war, saying it threatens to undermine the U.S. economy, penalizes American families and raises prices on everything from backpacks to playpens. Target is among the hundreds of retailers and other companies pushing back against President Donald Trump’s new 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods.

  • Donald Trump Sep 1, 2018

    Trump: Canada ‘Will Be Out' of Trade Deal Unless It's ‘Fair'

    President Donald Trump warned Canada on Saturday that it “will be out” of a revised North American trade agreement unless it’s “fair” to the United States, and he threatened to scrap the current deal should Congress “interfere” with the negotiations. “There is no political necessity to keep Canada in the new NAFTA deal,” Trump said in one of a series...

  • Donald Trump Sep 1, 2018

    Trump to Sign Mexico Deal in 90 Days; Canada Talks to Resume

    Talks to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc broke up Friday and will resume next week with the two longtime allies divided over such issues as Canada’s dairy market and U.S. efforts to shield drug companies from generic competition. President Donald Trump notified Congress on Friday that he plans to sign an agreement in 90 days with Mexico...

  • Donald Trump May 3, 2018

    US-China Trade Talks Center on Rivalry Over Technology

    Chinese and American officials will be trying to defuse tensions pushing the world’s two largest economies toward trade war in meetings beginning Thursday where analysts say chances for a breakthrough seem slim given the two sides’ desperate rivalry in strategic technologies. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other U.S. officials including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer...

  • Congress Apr 18, 2018

    US Targeting NAFTA Deal in Three Weeks: Sources

    The United States is targeting a NAFTA deal in three weeks, according to congressional aides and industry executives who have been briefed by the Trump administration, CNBC reported. Last week, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told members of Congress high-level talks would take two more weeks, with another two weeks spent on hammering out the fine print. A senior administration...

  • Donald Trump Mar 25, 2018

    Why Trump's Latest Steps Heighten Risk of a Global Trade War

    President Ronald Reagan once likened trade wars to the pie fights in old Hollywood comedies. One pie in the face leads to another. And then another. Pretty soon, Reagan said in a 1986 radio address, “everything and everybody just gets messier and messier. The difference here is that it’s not funny. It’s tragic. Protectionism becomes destructionism. It costs jobs.” Suddenly,...

  • Donald Trump Mar 10, 2018

    Steel Standoff: EU, Japan Trade Chiefs Meet Trump Envoy

    U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade envoy is meeting Saturday with top officials from the European Union and Japan, who are pushing back against new U.S. steel tariffs that have unleashed fears of a broader trade war. The EU is seeking clarity from Washington about whether the 28-nation bloc will be exempt from the U.S. tariffs, which come into force in...

  • Donald Trump May 18, 2017

    Trump Administration Announces Plans to Renegotiate NAFTA

    Making good on a campaign promise, the Trump administration formally told Congress Thursday that it intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico....
    U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer sent a letter to congressional leaders Thursday, starting 90 days of consultations with lawmakers over how to revamp the pact. Talks with Canada and Mexico can begin after...

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