WITA’s “Presidential Debate” with the Trade Reporters





With an election looming on November 3rd, what are the Trump and Biden campaigns saying about international trade? What do American voters think about trade? And what might American trade policy look like in the coming years if Donald Trump is re-elected or if Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President on January 20, 2021?

On October 28, WITA hosted a “presidential Debate with the Trade Reporters, where the Trade Reporters look at what the U.S. Presidential election might mean for American trade policy in the years to come.



Welcome and Opening Remarks 

  • Kenneth I. Levinson, Executive Director, Washington International Trade Association

Remarks and Discussions 

  • Bob Davis, Senior Editor, The Wall Street Journal
  • David J. Lynch, Global Economics Correspondent, The Washington Post
  • Ana Swanson, Trade and International Economics Correspondent, The New York Times
  • Moderator, Ambassador Darci Vetter, Global Lead, Public Affairs & Vice Chair, Agriculture, Food, Edelman and former Chief Agricultural Negotiator at USTR

Followed by: 

  • Q & A with Audience – Webinar attendees are encouraged to use the Q&A function on the Zoom app to submit their questions in real time.

Event Close



Bob Davis is a Pulitzer Prize–winning senior editor at the Wall Street Journal’s Washington, DC, bureau. He covers economic issues and continues to write about China, where he was posted from 2011 to 2014. Along with Lingling Wei, he co-authored “Superpower Showdown,” a history of the US-China trade and economic stand-off. Davis has served as the Journal’s bureau chief in Brussels, covering the European Union, and as the Latin America bureau chief. He lives in Washington, DC. He is the author of Superpower Showdown: How the Battle Between Trump and Xi Threatens a New Cold Warpublished in June 2020.

David J. Lynch is a Global Economics Correspondent at The Washington Post. He joined The Washington Post in November 2017 from the Financial Times, where he covered white-collar crime. He was previously the cybersecurity editor at Politico and a senior writer with Bloomberg News, focusing on the intersection of politics and economics. Earlier, he followed the global economy for USA Today, where he was the founding bureau chief in both London and Beijing. He covered the wars in Kosovo and Iraq, the latter as an embedded reporter with the U.S. Marines, and was the paper’s first recipient of a Nieman fellowship at Harvard University. He has reported from more than 60 countries. He is the author of When the Luck of the Irish Ran Out: The World’s most Resilient County and Its Struggle to Rise Again, published in November 2010.

Ana Swanson is a Trade and International Economics Correspondent for the The New York Times. She previously covered the economy, trade and the Federal Reserve for The Washington Post.

She has a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from Northwestern University and a master’s in international relations with a focus in China and international economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Ambassador Darci Vetter is the lead at Edelman’s Washington, DC Public Affairs practice and is the former Chief Agricultural Negotiator at the US Trade Representative (USTR) and Under Secretary at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Darci brings deep international trade, agriculture and food experience following a 17-year career in the federal government, and is spearheading the growth of Edelman’s global Agriculture, Food and Trade business.In her role, Darci works closely with Edelman’s clients to help develop strategies that best navigate the changing policy landscape. Areas of expertise include helping translate US, foreign government or WTO processes to business; reviewing and adjusting supply chains to respond to government mandates and consumer demands; supporting the development of formal commentary on regulatory matters; and adapting corporate messaging and branding to reflect broad policy changes.