Free Trade

Podcast: The Risks to Trump's Unconventional Approach to Tariffs, North Korea
CQ on Congress, Episode 94

President Donald Trump, right, and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven participate in a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House March 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

CQ trade reporter Ellyn Ferguson and defense reporter John M. Donnelly spell out the risks posed by President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and his agreement to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Show Notes:

Trump Nominates Robert Lighthizer for Trade Representative
Served as deputy trade rep in Reagan administration

Robert Lighthizer was a deputy trade representative in President Ronald Reagan's administration. (Courtesy Skadden D.C.)

President-elect Donald Trump nominated Robert Lighthizer to be his pick for U.S. trade representative, his transition team announced Tuesday.

Lighthizer served as deputy trade representative during former President Ronald Reagan's administration.

GOP's Troubles Just Beginning
Issues and demography favor Democrats

The U.S. started swinging to the right with Ronald Reagan's election to the White House in 1980. But the mix of issues in 2016 are more favorable to Democrats. (Roll Call file photo)

Both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have glaring weaknesses as presidential nominees, but that’s only the beginning of the GOP's problems. Just as important, the current mix of top issues is simply terrible for Republicans in general and conservatives in particular.

The country moved noticeably to the right starting in the early 1980s with Ronald Reagan and continuing through the presidency of Bill Clinton (“The era of big government is over”) and even the first years of the George W. Bush administration.

Senate Majority PAC Hits Portman on Trade
The outside group is dropping $640,000 on ad campaign

Senate Majority PAC is hoping to hit Portman on trade. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call)

The Democratic Senate Majority PAC dropped  a $640,000 ad buy against Sen. Rob Portman on Tuesday, criticizing him for his stance on international trade.  

The Ohio Republican, who won a primary challenge March 15 with 82 percent of the vote, is considered one of the most vulnerable senators this cycle.