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Lobbyists for apparel importers and the U.S. textile industry on Thursday applauded Biden’s pick of Katherine Tai for his United States Trade Representative, a rare bit of agreement between two groups that are historically at odds in matters of policy.

The cabinet-level post, which requires Senate confirmation, is key to U.S. trade policy, with the USTR traditionally taking point in trade negotiations.

It’s a job that could take on a higher-than-usual profile as Biden looks to take a different tack on trade than President Trump, whose America First ethos and wheeling and dealing led to increasingly fraught international relations.

We believe Katherine is the right pick to hit the ground running on this critical task.”Kim Glas, president and ceo of the National Council of Textile Organizations, also applauded Biden’s pick.

“This selection is welcome news to the U.S. textile industry, which has worked closely with Katherine on several critical trade issues over the years,” Glas said.

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