WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will name retiring congressman Darrell Issa of California to be the director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.
The White House confirmed Wednesday that Issa, a Republican from Southern California, will be named to the position, which is currently vacant.
The independent agency helps companies create jobs domestically through the export of U.S. goods and services for development projects in emerging economies. Issa’s appointment comes amid a push by Trump to renegotiate tougher trade deals with some of America’s biggest trade partners.
Issa has been an outspoken advocate for Trump’s hard-line trade policies — in particular, his recent crackdown on China, saying that China doesn’t protect foreign companies’ trade secrets.
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