Trump is quietly building an alliance with liberals on trade

It wasn’t just Rust Belt voters who were intrigued, though. Trump’s trade policy positions also piqued Wallach’s interest. And in the spring she requested a meeting with Lighthizer. They met at the USTR building next to the White House on June 14, and were joined by Peter Navarro, Trump’s director of trade and industrial policy, according to the FOIA’d schedules, which were obtained and posted online by the website Alt Gov.

Wallach and Lighthizer met again on June 28, according to the FOIA’d schedule, and she said they met once more since then.

As important as areas of substantive agreement, Wallach said, has been Lighthizer’s style in soliciting input from outside experts and stakeholders on trade issues.