Earlier this year, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced that no matter who took up residence in the White House come January, he would not be back.
About that same time, as a cost cutting measure, a proposal was made to incorporate the United States Trade Representative’s office into another government agency. This was met with universal outcry from the private sector, and Vice President of International Trade Relations for the National Pork Producers Council, Nick Giordano was right in the mix:
"The greater question is what is going to happen with the proposal to reorganize the trade and business functions of the government. Most of the private sector, including the National Pork Producers, are a little bit uncomfortable with this idea of rolling USTR into commerce. I understand the intention, the administration and both parties are under pressure to cut government spending. But USTR is a very special agency, it’s the best and the brightest. We have to look long and hard at messing around with USTR.
They are lean and mean and do a great job. The vast majority of the private sector would tell you they have been pleased over the years with the performance of USTR. If its not broken, lets not try to fix it.”