Robert Lighthizer

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Trade deficits do matter and we intend to reduce them.feedback
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Oct 17 2017
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Sep 18 2017 - NAFTA

We're moving at warp speed but we don't know whether we're going to get to a conclusion.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - NAFTA

I don't think it makes it any harder at all. It just shows that it matters.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - NAFTA

I am pleased to report that we have found mutual agreement on many important issues. Our work continues at a record pace.feedback

Sep 04 2017 - Airbus

The EU should immediately come to the table on a solution that will end all its WTO-inconsistent subsidies.feedback

Aug 23 2017 - NAFTA

President Trump has been clear from the very beginning that if the NAFTA renegotiation is unsuccessful, he will withdraw from the agreement.feedback

Aug 17 2017 - NAFTA

Rules of origin, particularly on autos and auto parts, must require higher NAFTA content and substantial U.S. content. Country of origin should be verified, not 'deemed.feedback

Aug 16 2017 - NAFTA

I want to be clear, [President Donald Trump] is not interested in a mere tweaking of a few provisions and a couple of updated chapters. NAFTA has fundamentally failed many, many Americans and needs major improvement.feedback

Aug 16 2017 - NAFTA

We need to assure that the huge deficits do not continue, and we have balance and reciprocity.feedback

Aug 16 2017 - NAFTA

Labor provisions should be included in the agreement and should be as strong as possible. The agreement should have effective provisions to guard against currency manipulation. We should include provisions to guard against market-distorting practices of other countries, including third-party dumping and state-owned enterprises.feedback

Jul 17 2017 - NAFTA

Too many Americans have been hurt by closed factories, exported jobs, and broken political promises. Under President Trumps leadership, USTR will negotiate a fair deal.feedback

Jul 12 2017

Since KORUS went into effect, our trade deficit in goods with Korea has doubled from $13.2 billion to $27.6 billion, while U.S. goods exports have actually gone down. This is quite different from what the previous Administration sold to the American people when it urged approval of this Agreement. We can and must do better.feedback

Jun 22 2017 - China

The pressure is still on. The trade deficit still hasn't come down.feedback

Jun 22 2017 - World Trade Organization

This is now a topic of serious discussion at the WTO. We expect to see meaningful changes in order to maintain the relevance of the system.feedback

Jun 22 2017 - World Trade Organization

I have made it very clear that a bad decision with respect to the non-market economy status of China . . . would be cataclysmic for the WTO.feedback

Jun 22 2017 - Tesla

If it happened for reasons that are non-economic reasons, then I think the administration should take action.feedback

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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