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USTR Robert Lighthizer Statement on the President’s Memorandum on Reforming Developing-Country Status in the WTO

July 26, 2019

Washington, DC – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today released the following statement on President Trump’s directive regarding the use of special and differential treatment at the World Trade Organization (WTO):

“For far too long, wealthy countries have abused the WTO by exempting themselves from its rules through the use of special and differential treatment. This unfairness disadvantages Americans who play by the rules, undermines negotiations at the WTO, and creates an unlevel playing field. I applaud the President’s leadership in demanding fairness and accountability at the WTO, and I look forward to implementing the President’s directive.”