Who is Katherine Tai, Biden’s pick for U.S. trade representative? Updated for 2021


Updated: March 5, 2021

This week on NPR, Ayesha Rascoe discussed Katherine Tai’s historic nomination to serve as the U.S. Trade Representative.

If confirmed, Tai would be the first Asian American and the first woman of color to serve in this role, and as such will bring “a fresh perspective to a job that’s critical to the U.S. economy.”

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Rascoe highlighted Tai’s strong background in trade issues, diplomatic skill, and her “reputation for her deep knowledge and skillful handling of complex cases.” Tai also has strong bipartisan support, and is well-respected on both sides of the aisle. 

“Tai spent years in the Obama administration fighting trade complaints against China. She gained a reputation for her deep knowledge and skillful handling of complex cases,” NPR said, adding that her nomination “signals that the U.S. is a country that welcomes and promotes the talents and service of individuals of all origins.”

Listen HERE.


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