Get to Know the President’s Manufacturing Appointees
By Amber Thomas, Vice President – Marketing, Communications & Advocacy at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which owns IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show
President Trump appointed Harvard Economist Peter Navarro to lead the White House National Trade Council and Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris to head up the Commerce Department’s American Manufacturing Council.
National Trade Council
Harvard Economist Peter Navarro will lead the White House National Trade Council (NTC), advising the president on trade matters with a focus on reviving U.S. manufacturing. Like Mr. Trump, Navarro is a harsh critic of China. The NTC’s mission will be to lead the "Buy America, Hire America" program to ensure the president-elect's promise of restoring lost manufacturing jobs is fulfilled in government procurement and projects ranging from infrastructure to national defense.
Among the NTC’s tasks will be to develop innovative strategies in trade negotiations, coordinate with other agencies to assess U.S. manufacturing capabilities and the defense industrial base, and help match unemployed American workers with new opportunities in the skilled manufacturing sector.
American Manufacturing Council
Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris will head up the U.S. Commerce Department’s American Manufacturing Council, a group of industry leaders that acts as the liaison between the manufacturing sector and the federal government. Liveris served as co-chair of President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership steering committee. AMP’s recommendations led to the establishment of the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation, now known as Manufacturing USA.
In the Trump administration, Liveris will be tasked with finding ways to bring industry back to America. His approach will be a comprehensive strategy to revive investment by leveling the global playing field through changes in tax, regulation, energy, infrastructure and innovation policy.
There are still many unknowns regarding the new administration’s agenda and timeline. AMT’s public policy agenda supports legislation and initiatives that boost innovation, increase global competitiveness and build a workforce to meet the demands of the 21st century manufacturing workplace.