At USTR, a straight-shooter will have to navigate Biden’s old guard in Washington



Gavin Bade | Politico

World leaders may experience some whiplash when sitting down to negotiate with U.S. Trade Representative nominee Katherine Tai.

Tai is known throughout Washington for her calm, good-natured negotiating style. In many ways, she is the antithesis of her predecessor, the gruff, contentious Robert Lighthizer, who ruffled feathers from Brussels to Beijing.

“She’s a leader who inspires confidence through her wisdom, good nature, and steadiness,” said Tai’s former boss, House Ways and Means Chair Richard Neal. “She provides unfailingly insightful counsel and keeps a level head in the most pressure-filled situations.”

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