Trade Policy Under President Trump: A Washington Perspective

IIEA7th March 20171min
The protectionist tone that characterised Donald Trump’s rhetoric on trade policy during the election campaign has continued since his inauguration.

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About the Speech:

The protectionist tone that characterised Donald Trump’s rhetoric on trade policy during the election campaign has continued since his inauguration. In his first month in office, President Trump signed an executive order withdrawing the United States as a signatory to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and repeatedly said his administration would seek to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In his address to the IIEA, Sherman Katz shared his insights from conversations with White House and Congressional officials, and U.S. business leaders, on the future of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and US-UK trade ties under President Trump. He also explored the impact on trade policy of the emerging balance of power among competing factions in the Trump White House.

About the Speaker:

Sherman Katz is a Senior Advisor to the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. Mr Katz practiced trade law from 1969 to 1999, working on behalf of business and governments to negotiate, litigate and legislate solutions to public and private trade and investment issues before bodies including the World Bank, the Export–Import Bank of the United States and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Mr. Katz served as a trade policy advisor to the Presidential campaigns of Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Walter Mondale, Jimmy Carter, Edmund Muskie, and George McGovern. From 2000 to 2010, Mr. Katz held the William Scholl Chair in International Business at CSIS and senior trade positions at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.