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USTR Releases President Trump's 2017 Trade Policy Agenda

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) last week released President Trump's 2017 Trade Policy Agenda , as required by Congress. The 2017 Agenda outlines the new Administration's four trade priorities: promoting U.S. sovereignty, enforcing U.S. trade laws, leveraging American economic strength to expand domestic goods and services exports and protecting U.S. intellectual property rights.

Notably, the new trade policy aims to broaden the ability of the U.S. to unilaterally respond to countries they argue violate international trade laws. The agenda, for instance, detailed the legal argument for rejecting World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute-settlement decisions, asserting that if the WTO rules against the U.S., such a ruling will not automatically lead to a change in U.S. law or practice.

USTR leads development and implementation of the President's Trade Policy Agenda, which it provides with the Annual Report on trade developments.

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