Is Trump About to Bring Down the WTO?

President Donald Trump at a signing ceremony for a trade agreement with Japan in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Washington, Oct. 7, 2019 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
President Donald Trump at a signing ceremony for a trade agreement with Japan in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Washington, Oct. 7, 2019 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
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Since his first day in office, President Donald Trump has made clear his general discomfort with multilateralism and particular dislike for the World Trade Organization. It was little surprise that he appointed Robert Lighthizer, a long-standing skeptic of the WTO and its legally binding dispute settlement system, as the U.S. trade representative. Over the past two years, as it has unilaterally imposed tariffs on trading partners and launched a major trade war with China, the Trump administration has taken steps to steadily weaken that system by blocking appointments to the body overseeing appeals. Now, the White House is reportedly threatening […]

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