The United States Trade Representative
The U.S. Trade Representative’s office (USTR) is responsible for developing and coordinating international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and leading or directing negotiations with other countries on such matters. USTR refers both to the agency and to the agency head, the person who holds the position of U.S. Trade Representative. The U.S. Trade Representative is a Cabinet member who serves as the President’s principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade and related investment matters. Like the National Security Council or Council of Economic Advisors, USTR is part of the Executive Office of the President. Through an interagency structure, the USTR coordinates trade policy, resolves disagreements, and frames issues for Presidential decision.