Former Clinton, Obama Trade Reps Say Lighthizer Could Bring Reality to Trump Trade Policy


Adjunct Professor Matthew Gold was quoted in The Street about the appointment of Robert Lighthizer as United States trade representative and his potential impact on trade policy in the Trump administration.

President-elect Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Lighthizer, former deputy U.S. Trade Representative during the Reagan administration and partner at law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, as America’s top representative on trade earlier this week. Former trade officials say the 69-year-old native Ohioan will bring a level of know-how to an incoming administration with a less-than-conventional approach to trade.


“What he brings to the table is going to be a reality check,” said Matt Gold, adjunct professor of law at Fordham University and former deputy assistant trade representative under the Obama administration. “He’s the only guy who gets what legal obligations we have and how critical the international trading system is to the global economy, how easily it can be collapsed.”

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