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USTR Lighthizer Vetting Raised Concerns About Lobbying, Protectionism

Posted June 25, 2019

Among the files recently leaked to “Axios on HBO,” identifying a host of “red flags” about officials who went on to get Trump administration jobs (and others who never had a position materialize), was a substantial report vetting the future U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

In addition to his extensive career as a registered trade lobbyist on behalf of various steel companies and multinationals being cited under the category of “political vulnerabilities,” the 32-page document notes that Lighthizer “has the reputation as ‘the most protectionist guy in Washington’ when it comes to U.S. trade policy.”

The document also goes on to raise a concern perhaps troublesome to some self-described free traders within the movement, that Lighthizer “has suggested Republicans who support modern day ‘free trade’ lack a proper conservative ideology.”