Bush Nominates Ex-Journalist to Senior Trade Post

Reuters, Apr. 2, 2003

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush has nominated a former managing editor of The Washington Times to the post of deputy U.S. trade representative, the administration said on Wednesday.

Josette Shiner, who currently holds the job of associate U.S. trade representative for policy and communications, will replace Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jon Huntsman, who has overseen USTR activities in Africa and Asia since August 2001.

Huntsman will return to Utah, where he will work in the family business as chairman and chief executive officer of the Huntsman Family Holdings Corp. Huntsman LLC is the world’s largest privately-owned chemical company, with $8 billion in annual sales and over 16,000 employees worldwide.

Shiner worked from 1992 to 1997 at The Washington Times, beginning as a reporter and rising through the ranks to become managing editor. The newspaper is owned by the Unification Church, headed by the controversial South Korean religious leader Rev. Sun Myung Moon.

Over the past two years, Shiner has worked closely with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick as a policy strategist on trade and globalization issues and also has supervised the trade office’s communication and outreach operations.

“She has played a key role in helping us regain American trade leadership by launching global trade negotiations in Doha, securing trade promotion authority (from Congress) and advancing U.S. free trade agreements,” Zoellick said in a statement.

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