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New U.S. trade 'czar' Tai vows to promote equitable growth, give workers more say

EconomyMar 19, 2021 08:31PM ET
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai vowed on Friday to leverage trade to help the U.S. economy recover from the coronavirus crisis by focusing on policies that promoted more equitable growth and benefited American workers.

Tai, the first woman of color to lead the agency, was sworn in on Thursday - her birthday - after winning confirmation by the U.S. Senate in a rare unanimous vote.

Tai told USTR staff in a letter that current times required new approaches and "thinking outside the box," embracing a more diverse team, and talking to communities long ignored.

"Working together with our colleagues across the administration, we will challenge the preconceived notions about what trade policy should look like," Tai told USTR staff in a letter. "Through unprecedented engagement, we will pursue policies that advance the interests of all Americans, support American innovation and promote broad, equitable growth by giving workers a seat at the table."

The former top trade lawyer on the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, Tai previously served as the China enforcement chief for USTR and knows the agency well.

In her letter, she mapped out key priorities, including enforcing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement that went into effect last year, rebuilding alliances, tackling climate change, ending the COVID-19 pandemic, advancing racial and gender equity, and addressing the challenges posed by China.

New U.S. trade 'czar' Tai vows to promote equitable growth, give workers more say
 

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RichUncle Pennybags
RichUncle Pennybags Mar 20, 2021 1:42AM ET
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There is a problem when ceos treasures filled to a point they can feed their families until the end of time while those same ceos keep people on government support
Czar Freeman
Czar Mar 19, 2021 10:58PM ET
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nothing to look into this
AmericaIsKing oftheGalaxy
AmericaIsKing oftheGalaxy Mar 19, 2021 10:13PM ET
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Mexico and Canada are important to move critical supply chains away from China. China will be left to sustain themselves, just like they want. Good luck with that.
Petros Kazakidis
Petros Kazakidis Mar 19, 2021 10:13PM ET
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This is like the other joke.USA will build its manufacturing. Do not hold your breath.
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Tony Cheng Mar 19, 2021 10:13PM ET
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I would not buy from Mexico, Mexicans so real shoddy work and charge high prices and are big welfare cheats
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Petros Kazakidis the middle east thought they would be the producers of oil forever. Looked how that turned out. Its easy to shift when security is a matter, and it will.
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Oh, okay, so the "trade czar" is charged with "tackling" climate change and ending a global pandemic.. God save us all from these nut job liberals.. God save us all!
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In her letter, she mapped out key priorities, including enforcing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement that went into effect last year, rebuilding alliances, tackling climate change, ending the COVID-19 pandemic. Hmm. Obviously she is not informed of what is happening on the southern border.Tweet from Chuck Callesto:BREAKING REPORT: Midland Texas Migrant Facility currently without VIABLE OR USABLE WATER for is detainees of which 10 % have TESTED POSITIVE for Coronavirus..From Governor Abbott:The Biden Admin. has turned a humanitarian crisis into a complete disaster. One location where migrants are housed has no clean running water & has a massive Covid outbreak. Another location also has a massive Covid outbreak. They were unprepared for open border policies.Anyone else noticed Rooters doesn't post any news of this crisis?This is beyond shameful what Biden and President Harris have done less than two months.
 
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