In Trump cabinet, Commerce Secretary will run trade policy

Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross departs Trump Tower after a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in New YorkBy Melissa Fares and David Lawder WEST PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump plans to put his pick for Commerce Secretary, billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, in charge of his get-tough trade policy, a transition team spokesman said on Tuesday. It is a signal of how Trump, who is also interviewing candidates to be the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), plans to elevate a crackdown on competitors in the world market and the overhaul of trade deals that he says have hurt U.S. factory jobs. The USTR will not be merged with Commerce, but Trump transition team spokesman Jason Miller made clear that most trade policy decisions would be steered by Ross, who made a good part of his fortune by investing in distressed steel companies that benefited from stiff import tariffs imposed by former President George W. Bush in the early 2000s.

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