Debbie Stabenow

Democrats say Trump's pick for trade post needs waiver

Even as they praised him, Senate Democrats said Tuesday that Donald Trump's pick to represent the U.S. in trade negotiations needs a waiver from Congress to legally hold the job because of his previous work for foreign clients.

Republicans disagree but the dispute could slow the confirmation of Robert Lighthizer to become the U.S trade representative.

Lighthizer is an experienced trade official who, in private practice, represented "a small number of foreign clients in the late 1980s and early 1990s," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

A 1995 law prohibits anyone who has represented a foreign entity in trade negotiations...

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