USTR Robert Lighthizer Interviewed By Laura Ingraham…

United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer was interviewed by Fox News host Laura Ingraham ahead of his important participation in the Asia trip.

Within the interview Ambassador Lighthizer shows his wolverine attitude toward the ongoing trade deals and his role within the larger geopolitical strategy of the Trump Doctrine.  There’s solid, affirming and unwavering economic insight within this interview.

Interestingly Lighthizer mentions the national security aspects inherent within the administration’s economic trade strategy. He details how his role, within the larger policy, is to focus intensely on achieving the best ‘America-First‘ trade deal possible. “Killers”.

Secretary Wilbur Ross (commerce), Secretary Steven Mnuchin (treasury), Secretary Rex Tillerson (state) and Secretary James Mattis (defense) then collate the outcome and ultimately President Trump makes the final decision.  Working in concert, together they map how to use the leverage within the Lighthizer’s deals to achieve national security objectives.

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61 Responses to USTR Robert Lighthizer Interviewed By Laura Ingraham…

  1. A2 says:

    Trade and National Security has always been the nexus. It is just that the tergiversations by past administrations has thrown the US off that underlying truth. Pres Trump and his wolverines are on the attack

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  2. Lighthizer shows deep respect for President Trump, especially when he says at the end, “He knows the stuff, and if you look at his life, for 30 years, you go back, he’ll say exactly the same thing he said 30 years ago, 20 years ago, 15 years ago. It’s remarkable!”

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  3. pmdea says:

    Great job. No more howdy dowdy Trey Gowdy and Paul Ryan BFF’s swamp dwellers. All talk no action..its scripted for political propogangda. Grassley and a few good men in congress are trying to follow through with real investifications, need to support these men. Truth, righteous and justice. Only took 12 disciplines to spread the gospel. Democraps will never get that, don’t need a majortiy just need a few good men with hearts for truth. Pray Nunes gets results., he has hung in there, May God bless the faithful.

    Liked by 24 people

    • Stringy theory says:

      Well stated. We have real men on the job now, not”girlie men.”

      Liked by 6 people

      • All American Snowflake says:

        Praise God!

        Liked by 1 person

        • Gowdy was more than irritated when he went to inspect the Fusion books and there were 2 Dems with an aide there already, for records “they said we didn’t need” Gowdy said they must have been there when the building opened.

          Unless there were some way to 100% VERIFY they were correct books, my concern is that they (democrats) were there substituting records provided which could have been provided or directed by FUSION,.. I would’t trust Adam Schiff…. wait that needs no qualifying statement. NEVER TRUST SCHIFF

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    • nimrodman says:

      “Pray Nunes gets results

      I still want Nunes to come out at some point and tell us what he initially saw in that intelligence info he viewed at the White House adjunct security facility that left him so badly shaken (as he characterized it, roughly).

      I wanna hear it in plain language, with specifics and naming names.

      Liked by 4 people

  4. budsblog868 says:

    Simple, you want trade with America,YOU must buy enough to balance or no trade.

    Liked by 11 people

    • thluckyone says:

      I’m with ya, budsblog. “You don’t need no NASA satellite” to see what our incredible President and his OUTSTANDING team are trying to do. And no where, NO WHERE do I see anything that even hints that MAGA is only for Republicans or conservatives.

      EVERYONE will benefit (if they’re citizens and just willing to work) AND even non-citizens and foreign nations will benefit because THE AMERICAN PEOPLE – JUST BY THEIR VERY NATURE – ARE THE MOST GENEROUS PEOPLE IN THE WORLD!! When the American people are secure and prosperous, Churches will be sending out BILLIONS in missions offerings and NGO’s will be sharing like never before.

      (Hey, wait! Maybe that’s exactly why the globalists want to destroy the American economy… ya think?)

      THANKS for being here, budsblog868! Go ahead on with your MAGA self!

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      • budsblog868 says:

        Total agreement. MAGA is for all those factory workers, machinists, tradespeople that have been absolutely hosed by the globalists. Lost jobs, bene’s, homes etc. It has been a rape of middle America in order to raise up the Chinese and others and profit the pockets of globalists. I used to read the WSJ every day and agreed with their world view until about 10 years ago. How can anyone drive through Detroit or many former industrial cities and not feel the guilt and hurt for our fellow Americans? Oh, and I canceled my WSJ subscription two years ago and now read Trumps tweets every day instead! )

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        • piper567 says:

          Sigh…if only we had a msm that was American.
          This short interview contains so much information re how it is that this Administration views what has happened to this Country, and how the mess is being approached…so many people would begin to see what MAGA is really about.
          Its nothing short of criminal the amount of information that is being withheld from every- day Americans.
          I do so hope planning is afoot to open up broadcasting. One can hope that Laura’s show spikes in the ratings, for actual information getting out to folks has the ability to add to the momentum generated by many Trump policies and actions.
          It is a real treat to listen to this Lighthizer, a man who can simply say he knows his job, and understands how it fits into Trump’s overall approach to lift up American workers and our economy.
          God bless Trump and his.

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        • trialbytruth says:

          MAGA is also for the kids just getting out of high school. Giving them an option between McDonald’s and a luxery suite in the folks basement and a real life.

          Liked by 1 person

    • Jedi9 says:

      Yep! Totally agree! I just arrived in Hong Kong yesterday, and all I am seeing is Trump Xi, and Abe. Sessions as been in the news over here quite a bit and I find that a little odd considering the AG is not so much related to financial news here in HK.

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  5. thluckyone says:

    Dear Sundance,
    With all the other stuff you do for us (and no telling what that we’ll never know about), I realize it may be hard to pinpoint our Lion’s peace-keeping successes. But sometime, I wish you or some other very able researcher could give us an idea of just how much war our President has already PREVENTED – just during his brief tenure..

    North Korea, we have engaged peacefully, up to this point. We’re also not at war with Syria. And, we’re also not at war in Venezuela. We seem to be staying out of Cuba, Russia, Libya, Sudan, Ukraine, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand and I can imagine if H. Rotten Clinton were in office, the endless violent conflicts would be, well, ENDLESS.

    Maybe this is research that’s already been done by someone else. If you know of it, please just post a link. THANK YOU, SUNDANCE! THANK YOU, TREEPERS! THANK YOU, BELOVED PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP! THANK YOU, FATHER GOD! (gotta go for now)

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    • dbobway says:

      This was a good week for this Treeper. There was a lot positive things happen this week.
      I want to thank the voters and donors of the Ed Gillispie, candidate for Governor of Virginia. BY your actions, you all are personally responsible for getting that Democratic supported hideous television ad removed from the public. I can’t remember a more glaring example of “We the People” directly influencing a political wrong in such away.

      The winning was so great this week, I’m going to go celebrate , my Wife’s company’s 20th year anniversary with a room full deplorables.

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  6. maiingankwe says:

    First, I have to give a hat tip to those two in holding their cool and concentration with all of that bloody noise going on in the background. In some parts I had to close my eyes just so I could concentrate on what they were saying.

    Before I clicked on this video, I had been thinking how little I knew of Lighthizer and how little we have seen him in interviews. It seems he’d rather be spending his time working for our farmers and workers. I like that.

    I also like his argument that we’ve tried the Chamber of Commerce’s way for twenty-five years and it hasn’t worked, let’s try a new way. Yeah, I enjoyed that smack down of honesty.

    I wish all of our men and women the best success in their talks throughout Asia. I would also like to wish them all a safe journey and look forward to seeing them back home safe and sound.

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  7. indiamaria2020 says:

    A hearty and VIGOROUS defense of American Capitalism…..Amb. Lighthizer’s task is the essence of MAGA, not only in trade, jobs, and prosperity; but for both pure National Security issues AND, for “draining the D.C. Swsmp.”

    The average guy who “sets his alarm at 5:30 a.m. to get to work” will remain fractured, even indifferent to the political wars raging in D.C. as long has he is underemployed and future opportunities are bleak. With 1% GDP, with our jobs flowing OUT of our country like water, and with debt in the multi-TRILLIONS, average Americans are more susceptible to battling EACH OTHER (race, gender, age, etc) for diminishing resources. The very essence of Marx’s control of the masses.

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  8. StanH says:

    Back when Nixon opened up China as was the popular notion at the time. The scuttle was this will balance the threat with the Soviets. Also, in their infernal thinking, there is no way we could bring Jeffersonian democracies to the entire world by force, so we’ll open up “trade” take down borders etc. You would hear a world that trades together does not go to war. Inside of this evil deal was the gradual destruction of the American middle class, the foundation that built America. In summation what President Trump and his Wolverines are attempting to do is nothing short or cataclysmic for the ruling class. He has exposed the con on a grand scale and how our supposed betters…yak, have sold out the American people. Get’em Mr. President, I for one could not be more pleased.


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    • The Boss says:

      Stan – President Trump is what we can call a “good radical”. What he’s doing is truly radical. Unfortunately, we’ll likely see plenty of examples today (Nov 4) of what “lousy radicals” want to do to this country.

      Liked by 6 people

      • StanH says:

        Oh yeah, the leftist hyenas will be stopping their little feet and crying today. I for one would like to see police batons, rubber bullets, and water cannons there to greet them all. But, I do realize these leftist pukes will only destroy and show their asses in the blue hives. They deserve one another.

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  9. susanphd says:

    good article sundance. i liked the way lighthouzer quickly named (for the listening audience,) the amount of trade deficits (in the billions) with each country, without needing to refer to notes.

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  10. Bob Thoms says:

    This is EXACTLY how CEOs in the private sector operate.
    And how CEO of The Trump Organization executed global real estate deals.

    Liked by 7 people

    • Results. You either got ’em òr you don’t.

      Liked by 3 people

      • jmclever says:

        @always faithful, The reality is that we’ve been told how hard things are to achieve (Bush Jr.) When in reality, they have been working the opposite of the promise and trying to make it look like they were keeping their promise. The fact is that focused hard work toward a goal does achieve much in the absence of obfuscation and underhandedness


    • piper567 says:

      Bob, and I really likes Lighthizer’s comment about the decades-long understanding that Trump has developed re the Big Picture.
      We are now reaping the benefits of many years of Trump’s accurate assessment of Reality.
      God bless our President.

      Liked by 5 people

  11. Bob Thoms says:

    Ingress new show has a lot of meat in its content.

    Liked by 4 people

  12. appadoo9 says:

    As a tangent from Trade, being consistent for 30 years, He’s known about the Clinton Corruption for many, many years. So the idea he isn’t prepared via his Justice Department is ludicrous

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    • keebler AC ovfefe says:

      Trump is hugely busy on all fronts Making America Great Again. Lighthizer along with the rest are fulfilling their might. He has to let each do their respective jobs. When he has to pressure DOJ in a tweet……it’s a call to ACTION…not just to the DOJ but to all of us to help him because obviously the head of DOJ is not doing 100% of the curriculum. It’s foolhardy to assume that PDT doesn’t mean what he says! He wasn’t prepared for AG to recuse, THAT IS SURE, and he already stated this! Why is it so hard to understand? President Trump is trying his best at great risk flying overseas to get as much done with his exceptional entourage and we should stand around, ignore his frustrations on the domestic front, and let the swamp attack him mercilessly? I don’t get it. I just don’t. Let’s just play pretend so the problem goes away. That’s the ticket.

      Liked by 1 person

  13. milktrader says:

    I can assure you, I would not want to play poker against this man.

    That facial control takes decades to hone.

    All I can say is I’m glad he’s on our side.

    Liked by 9 people

  14. MfM says:

    I wonder given the set up of this interview if it was sort of spur of the moment. There are people wandering around in the background and lots of noise. I can’t remember other interviews like this.

    I think it might be in the East Room which is big, which would account for the echoing quality of the noise in the background. They did a good job of blurring the background and tried with the noise.


    • jmclever says:

      Laura did several interviews in that venue with same bad sound. She did re interviews on the same day but maybe aired them different days. Her interview with POTUS was same


    • Sylvia Avery says:

      The White House had some kind of a thing going on where the East Room was set up so that a number of radio host people could do a bunch of interviews. The Lars Larson show was broadcasting from there, for one, and some other conservative radio show host whose name I can’t recall.

      I suspect all of that activity had something to do with the sound/distraction.


  15. flawesttexas says:

    Just imagine…2 yrs ago…the GOP Congress overwhelmingly supported giving Obama TPP, TISA, and whole lot of other bad Free Trade deals.

    Now, we have common sense trade policy. This has been Trump’s biggest success so far…and this has the Free Trader Never Trumpers whining. Love this

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  16. wolfmoon1776 says:

    Secretary Wilbur Ross (commerce), Secretary Steven Mnuchin (treasury), Secretary Rex Tillerson (state) and Secretary James Mattis (defense) then collate the outcome and ultimately President Trump makes the final decision. Working in concert, together they map how to use the leverage within the Lighthizer’s deals to achieve national security objectives.

    I get the feeling that, when these people get together, it’s basically a room full of “smartest people in the room”. Glad these people are on our side!!!

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  17. emet says:

    Alexander Hamilton set up our system if Customs and duty collection to pay off the war debt and help American industry. The revenue was also used to build lighthouses, which were badly needed. He directed the building of revenue cutters to interdict smugglers. He also wrote the Treasury circulars, informing the Customs collectors of new decisions and regulations. All debt was paid, and the nation was running in the black during Jackson’s presidency. Why did people think this was a bad idea?

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  18. fleporeblog says:

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    • fleporeblog says:

      I read a story recently that our President was approached by Robert Lighthizer in terms of ongoing negotiations with South Korea 🇰🇷. He shared that the South Koreans are asking for an additional 30 days. He wanted to agree to it. Our President told him that you tell them that the President is ready to kill the deal today and there is nothing he can do to change his mine. Our President then said to Lighthizer that the 30 days was what he would consider fair but that we never show our hand in negotiations.

      You could see it got across to Robert! He was stern in his tone and eager to get going with these five countries our President is visiting in Asia. He recapped the trade deficit with four of the five countries we currently have. The Philippines 🇵🇭 was basically neutral. The others are as follows:

      Japan 🇯🇵- $65 Billion
      South Korea 🇰🇷 – $27 Billion
      China 🇨🇳 – $350 Billion
      Vietnam 🇻🇳- $32 Billion

      These four countries alone account for $474 Billion dollars 💵! Let that sink in for just a minute. Are you kidding me! If it wasn’t for us, Japan 🇯🇵 and South Korea 🇰🇷 would be in a world of hurt given what is going on with North Korea 🇰🇵. However, because we have 30K+ soldiers in South Korea 🇰🇷 and 50K+ soldiers in Japan 🇯🇵, they get to sleep well at night.

      Our President is finally putting our country FIRST! If you want your people to sleep well at night, you are going to have to pay 💰 for it!

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      • fleporeblog says:

        Japan 🇯🇵 has gotten the message loud and clear. They were one of the first to do right by our President in early February. President Abe is a very smart businessman. Not only does he want to remove the trade deficit but he wants our two countries to work together in new ventures that will bring in billions upon billions of dollars 💵 for each. Wonder why they and their spouses get along. Their also spending on their military defense which has skyrocketed this year. Guess what country they are buying from.

        From the article linked above:

        Japan, which has a consistent trade surplus with the U.S., is putting the finishing touches on a package that it claims will create 700,000 jobs in the U.S. and help create a $450-billion market, Reuters reported, citing government sources familiar with the plans.

        On a broader basis, the two countries would cooperate in building liquefied natural gas facilities in Asia to help expand exports of U.S. natural gas and work together to expand nuclear energy-related sales.

        The aim appears to be to turn what could potentially be a major crisis over trade friction into a business opportunity for both sides.

        Abe’s proposed public-private initiative is intended to create several hundred thousand jobs, the reports said Thursday, and involve $150 billion in new investment in U.S. infrastructure from Japanese government and private sources over the next decade.

        South Korea 🇰🇷 thought a $25 Billion dollar 💵 deal for our LNG would do the trick. Our President told them hell no.

        From the article linked above:

        “I was gratified to learn about the new investments South Korean companies are making in the United States. This month Cheniere is sending its first shipment of American liquefied natural gas to South Korea in a deal worth more than $25 billion,” Trump said during a speech at the White House.

        Our President sent out a tweet following the visit saying basically there is a lot more he expects:

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    • thluckyone says:

      Flepore, I think you will agree that we in these United States DID NOT ASK for the role of “world policeman”! But until a fair-playing and powerful nation or powerful alliance of fair-playing nations STEPS UP BIGLY, that job probably will continue to be ours. SO BE IT! Let the protected whine about having to pay for the “security”. But never let them forget who it is that gives them the freedom to whine. MAGA, to spite the enemies of human freedom and progress!

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    • auntiefran413 says:

      Great blog article, Flep!

      Liked by 1 person

  19. Carolina Kat says:

    When you hear Robert Lighthizer speak, you understand why the globalist GOP (McConnell) dragged out his confirmation – making it the last – while Trump’s Transportation Secretary had near immediate approval. (Mrs. McConnell) It is certainly arguable that Lighthizer’s strategic role in this administration is far more important than Transportation. It’s his effectiveness that scares the pants off of ’em.

    People who negotiate with him from other countries must feel like they’ve walked into a buzz saw compared to the fumbling fools that used to sell us out in previous administrations – either by incompetence or treachery. I’ll bet they walk away from those meetings without their eyebrows.

    I love how the focus is on the farmer and the families of the middle class. The compassion and the anger that rides beneath the surface of both Lighthizer and PT are powerful emotions that energize powerful minds. We are in good hands.

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  20. Sylvia Avery says:

    Sundance, just wanted to give you a quick word of appreciation for posting this interview. It may not be “sexy” but it is great for understanding MAGA, our President, and this trip. You really shine the light.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. WeThePeople2016 says:

    I watched this interview last night. I am so glad that you posted it. I thought that Lighthizer was fabulous and you can certainly see that he is perfect for the job. He has a deep respect for Trump too. Laura was very respectful to him as well. I sensed that Lighthizer, like Trump, has wanted to fix the trade mess and other economical disasters for many years, and he is so glad to finally get the chance.

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  22. i really ENJOYED that interview, and also reading everyone’s thoughts here.
    we REALLY do have a REAL PRESIDENT and NOT AN EMPTY SUIT as our President.
    all politicians know how to do is ROB, STEAL, LIE AND FORNICATE AND SCREW UP A WET DREAM.
    and come November of 2018 we NEED TO SEND THEM PACKING.


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