STATEMENT: Katherine Tai Will Build New Consensus as U.S. Trade Representative
Washington, D.C. — Today, President-elect Joe Biden announced that he will nominate Katherine Tai as U.S. trade representative (USTR). Following the announcement, Mara Rudman, executive vice president for policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with Katherine Tai. She is an expert negotiator with a deep understanding of trade policy. She has worked to advance the trade agenda in a way that builds a new consensus across a wide range of stakeholders, including workers, climate experts, and American business. Most recently she demonstrated this skill while working on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, but she has a long track record of successfully fighting for American interests on the world stage. As a well-regarded expert on China who formerly served as China enforcement head at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, she is uniquely positioned to tackle the United States’ trade and economic challenges with China from a position of unified domestic strength. If nominated, she will also be making history as the first Taiwanese-American woman to be USTR. Katherine is an inspired choice for this role.
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