Trump taps China trade critic and economics professor Peter Navarro for new White House post

The new office will advise Trump on trade negotiation strategies and work to boost domestic manufacturing and defense jobs

President-elect Donald Trump will tap Peter Navarro, an economics and public policy professor who helped craft Trump’s trade policies during the campaign, to lead a new trade council inside the White House, his transition office announced Wednesday.

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The University of California-Irvine professor has been closely connected to Trump since the campaign, advising the president-elect on a number of economic areas and contributing to the trade policy platform he called “defensive” but “not protectionist.”

“The formation of the National Trade Council further demonstrates the President-elect’s determination to make American manufacturing great again and to provide every American the opportunity to work in a decent job at a decent wage,” the transition office said in a news release. “Navarro is a visionary economist and will develop trade policies that shrink our trade deficit, expand our growth, and help stop the exodus of jobs from our shores.”

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The new office will advise Trump on trade negotiation strategies and work to boost domestic manufacturing and defense jobs. Its creation will almost surely cut the influence of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, which has traditionally had authority over trade negotiations.

Navarro has long been a critic of China and its trade relationship with the United States. He has written books on the subject and created a documentary film titled, “DEATH BY CHINA: How America lost its manufacturing base.”

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