WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), commented on the president-elect’s nomination of Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative:
“The American Iron and Steel Institute welcomes the president-elect’s nomination of Robert Lighthizer as the U.S. Trade Representative. Bob’s nomination sends a strong signal regarding the incoming administration’s commitment to address the injury that the steel industry has suffered from unfairly traded imports. Bob Lighthizer is eminently qualified to serve in this position, having served with distinction previously at USTR, on Capitol Hill and as a trade attorney in private practice. Bob’s dedication not only to the steel industry -- but to the manufacturing sector as a whole -- will enable him to have a strong and prominent role in addressing the critical issues that face our companies and workers. We look forward to working with Bob and members of the incoming administration on our shared goals of ensuring aggressive trade enforcement and enhancing competitiveness for our industry and others.”
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