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Ambassador Kirk Sits Down with USAToday

07/08/2009 - 12:59pm

Yesterday afternoon, Ambassador Kirk sat down with David Lynch of USAToday to be featured in a profile piece. Read part of the interview below...

The chief U.S. trade negotiator insisted Tuesday that boosting cross-border commerce remains an Obama administration priority, despite industry complaints of inaction on several pending deals.

Expanding trade is "an integral part of our economic recovery" program, just like the Obama administration's fiscal stimulus, health care reform and investment in so-called green technologies, Ron Kirk, the U.S. trade representative, said. "We now have a visible manifestation of what happens when the world stops trading. It's not a pretty picture," Kirk said in an interview with USA TODAY.

...Kirk saw NAFTA's benefits as the mayor of Dallas but says he understands critics' concerns because several of his in-laws work or worked in the trade-battered auto industry.

"We know we have to approach it differently," he said.

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