Washington Post

Trump's trade adviser has gained clout, critics

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Peter Navarro, who runs the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, participate in a joint press conference Wednesday at the White House. Foto: Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford

WASHINGTON - When President Donald Trump first vowed to impose a 5 percent tariff on Mexico if it didn't do more to stem the flow of migrants to the border, he told White House officials he wanted Peter Navarro on TV defending the plan.

The next morning, the presidential adviser appeared on CNBC and called the tariff threat "a brilliant move," while preaching the trade protectionist gospel that has endeared him to Trump and earned him enemies across Washington and corporate America...

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