US Gears Up For New Leadership As Trump Prepares to Take Office




January 19, 2016 | BY: International Centre For Trade and Sustainable Development

Washington is preparing itself for a major shift in leadership this week, with Donald Trump due to be inaugurated as the 45th US President on 20 January and confirmation hearings already underway for various cabinet positions, including some related to trade.

After Trump swears the oath of office on Friday, the entire US government will officially be under Republican leadership, with the Senate and House of Representatives now already in session.

However, what this will mean for the trade agenda that has been backed under the outgoing Obama Administration remains unclear for the time being, even as policy and political fights are already brewing in Washington across a host of other issues, such as healthcare reform and the vetting process for various cabinet positions.

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